Quick Simple Pasta Salad Recipe – BLT Pasta Salad

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Quick Simple Pasta Salad
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This quick simple pasta salad recipe is perfect for Spring and Summer potlucks, barbeques, lunches, and makes a great side for dinner any night of the week.

For a large gathering I would make at least a double batch, and trust me you will be bringing home and empty bowl. It truly has the flavors of the classic, favorite sandwich with a twist. I have been known to reserve a portion to eat as my own lunch the next day.

For a lighter version-substitute plain Greek yogurt for mayonnaise and some of the ranch, reduce bacon to 4 pieces, and cut cheese in half.

Quick Simple Pasta Salad Recipe:

Quick Simple Pasta Salad Ingredients

Ingredients:

2 cups dry uncooked pasta
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup ranch dressing
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 small tomato
2 cups lettuce,diced
2 hard boiled eggs
4-6 pieces of cooked bacon
1 tsp. Garlic salt
1 tsp. Apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Boil pasta according to package directions, drain, run under cold water to cool, set aside.
  2. Dice tomato, eggs and lettuce into small pieces.
  3. Chop or crumble bacon with your hands.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir well to thoroughly mix.
  5. Refrigerate pasta for at least 2 hours – overnight for best flavor results.
  6. For outdoor parties extend the “shelf” life of your salad by keeping it covered and placing it in another bowl with ice to maintain a cool temperature.  You can also get something similar to THIS ice bowl if you’re always bringing dishes to events.

To save time, cook the bacon early.  I also cook an entire package of bacon and throw the rest in the freezer to use for recipes such as this one.

Quick Simple Pasta Salad Recipe - BLT Pasta Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dry uncooked pasta
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup ranch dressing
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 small tomato
  • 2 cups lettuce,diced
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 4-6 pieces of cooked bacon
  • 1 tsp. Garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. Apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Boil pasta according to package directions, drain, run under cold water to cool, set aside.
  2. Dice tomato, eggs and lettuce into small pieces.
  3. Chop or crumble bacon with your hands.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir well to thoroughly mix.
  5. Refrigerate pasta for at least 2 hours – overnight for best flavor results.
  6. For outdoor parties extend the “shelf” life of your salad by keeping it covered and placing it in another bowl with ice to maintain a cool temperature.

 

What do you think of this Quick Simple Pasta Salad?

You should also try this Cream Cheese Dip Recipe for your next event!

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