BLT Pasta Salad

(recipe and pictures updated June 2013)

It’s a well known fact that I’m a huge fan of bacon. In an effort to make bacon seem healthier, I decided to surround it with vegetables. I love blt sandwiches, but they seem soooo bad for you, especially when slathered by mayo. So this salad attempts to take all the elements of the blt, with a slightly less mayo-heavy dressing.

original recipe

BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad


12 oz dried pasta
12 oz bacon
1 ½ pts grape tomatoes, halved (I used a combination of red and yellow)
6 c torn lettuce leaves (I like butter lettuce)
¼ c mayonnaise
¼ c buttermilk (lowfat is fine)
¼ tsp onion powder
1½ Tbs dijon mustard
Few dashes of black pepper


  1. Cook pasta until done. Pour pasta into a colander to drain cooking liquid, then pour pasta into a bowl of ice water to halt the cooking process. Once cooled, drain pasta back into the colander. Set aside. Cook bacon until browned and crispy. Place on a paper towel-lined plate. When cool enough to handle, cut into pieces.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients. Whisk until well combined.
  3. In a large bowl, toss pasta, bacon, grape tomatoes, and lettuce. Add dressing and toss until dressing evenly coats the salad.

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Sweet Comments:

  1. Wow! You are right blt sandwiches are the big no for everyone trying to eat healthy, making it a salad is the perfect way to satisfy a craving!

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