(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.
- 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.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients. Whisk until well combined.
- In a large bowl, toss pasta, bacon, grape tomatoes, and lettuce. Add dressing and toss until dressing evenly coats the salad.