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BLT Pasta Salad

Classic BLT flavors plus avocado bring this Avocado BLT Pasta Salad to a whole new level! Made with pasta, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado and tossed with a homemade Italian dressing. It makes the perfect side dish for BBQs, picnics, or potlucks, or just meal prep during the week.
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon pasta salad, blt pasta salad, pasta salad with Italian dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 16 cups
Calories 195kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

Pasta Salad

  • 1 pound rotini pasta
  • 8 pieces of bacon
  • 3 packed cups chopped romaine (175 grams/1 head)
  • 2 heaping cups cherry tomatoes, halved (1 pint/350 grams)
  • 2 large avocados, diced (360 grams) - can also use 3 small avocados
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • optional toppings: fresh parsley, red pepper flakes

Italian Dressing

  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Make the pasta according to the instructions on the box. Once done, drain and set aside to cool.
  • While the pasta cooks, make the bacon. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add bacon and a sprinkle of pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes, flip, and cook for another 4-5 minutes until crispy. You might have to do this in a few batches depending on how big your pan is. Once it is done, add to a paper towel-lined plate to let cool. Once cooled, crumble with your hands.
  • While the bacon cooks, make the dressing. Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl or jar until well combined. Adjust according to taste. You can also prep/chop your veggies while the bacon cooks.
  • In a large bowl, add chopped lettuce, halved tomatoes, diced avocado, cooked pasta, crumbled bacon, and green onions. Add dressing and mix until combined. Top with fresh parsley and red pepper flakes if using. Enjoy!

Notes

Pasta salad will last up to 5 days in a tightly sealed glass container in the fridge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4.7g | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2.2g | Vitamin A: 1273IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg