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BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad has all the flavours of the classic sandwich tossed with pasta and a creamy garlic and herb dressing. Easy and tasty - makes an excellent transportable lunch too!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Lunch, Pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, British
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 479kcal

Ingredients

  • 350 grams short pasta shapes like fusilli, farfalle or macaroni
  • 8 slices streaky bacon
  • 200 grams cherry or grape tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 125 grams mozzarella optional
  • Fresh chopped chives to garnish

Creamy Garlic & Herb Dressing

  • ½ cup greek yoghurt 125g
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise 4 tbsp
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped chives or 1 tbsp dried
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley or 1 tbsp dried
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • To cook the bacon, line a baking tray with greaseproof or baking paper and lay the bacon rashers on top.
  • Place the tray in the middle of a COLD oven, turn the heat to 200c/180fan/400f/gas 6 and cook the bacon for about 20-25 minutes, or until your desired crispness.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the pasta to packet instructions. Drain and rinse well with cold water to cool.
  • While the bacon and pasta are cooking, make the dressing. Simply add all the ingredients to a small bowl or jug and whisk to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • When the bacon is cooked, chop it up into bite sized pieces.
  • Add the cooked pasta, chopped bacon, sliced onions and tomatoes and chopped lettuce to a large bowl.
  • If using, drain the mozzarella ball and chop or tear into pieces before adding to the bowl. Pour over the dressing and toss everything together.
  • Garnish with some fresh chopped chives to serve.

Notes

This pasta salad will store in the fridge for 3 days. If you are making in advance I would recommend adding the lettuce when ready to serve.  

Nutrition

Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 351mg | Potassium: 575mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 9687IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 2mg