BLT Pasta Salad
October 11, 2018
SENDING OFF WARM WEATHER RIGHT
We’re down to the final countdown of tomato season, so I’m actively trying to eat the last of these summer gems as much as possible. One of the ways I enjoy them fresh is in my BLT pasta salad. Most everyone knows and loves the classic Bacon Lettuce Tomato sandwich, so I’ve made my own little twist and tossed them together with bite-sized pasta for a fresh, lively pasta salad. It’s the perfect potluck dish for any end of tomato season gathering.
DRESS UP YOUR PICK OF PASTA
I used rotini for this particular preparation, but as previously mentioned, you’re welcome to use the pasta shape of your choice. My suggestions are rotini (Italian for small wheels), fusilli (rotini’s cousin with a bigger corkscrew shape), or farfalle (cute little bowties!). Now I’m one of those people who can never get enough pasta, but the real star of this recipe is the dressing. Fresh and flavorful is the name of the game here, and this dressing is so good you might want to make an extra portion to store in the fridge for regular salads. Get a good arm workout in by whisking the dressing until the ingredients are combined, or get speedy and use an immersion blender.
IT’S A TOSS UP!
This is an ideal dish to pack for lunch for you and the whole family as it keeps well refrigerated in Tupperware and is a balanced meal of veggies (fun fact: tomatoes are botanically classified as fruits), carbs, and protein. Pro tip: if you want to add an extra oomph, make it a BLT-A or BLAT! Avocado makes for a great addition as it is a source of healthy, unsaturated fat, and its creamy texture pairs well with the dressing. To make a vegan version, simply skip the bacon and substitute Vegenaise in the dressing recipe.Print