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BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad RecipeIt was a doozy today. The first really hot day of summer. When it is hot like this, I do not want to turn on my oven, I barely even want to cook. But alas, we need to eat. Pasta salad is the way to go. It is easy, you can use whatever you have in your fridge, and it lasts for a few days. Leftovers make a great lunch. This version is a play on the classic BLT. Crispy bacon, tomatoes, ranch-inspired vinaigrette, served on a bed of butter lettuce. This pasta salad was so good, everyone loved it (which is no easy feat) and will be on heavy rotation all summer. Perfect for picnics, barbecues, and your 4th of July celebration.

I was asked to be a part of Dreamfields 3rd Annual Pastapalooza Pasta Salad Celebration, and I immediately said yes. I love Dreamfields. Dreamfields is an all-natural pasta with 5g of fiber, with only 5g of digestible carbohydrates per serving and a very low glycemic index. I don’t eat pasta very often, but Dreamfields lets me do so and feel good about it. You would never know the difference.

 

BLT Pasta Salad Recipe1 box Dreamfields Rotini
Vinaigrette
1/2 pound bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped herbs (basil, parsley, dill, chives, and oregano)
1 cup butter lettuce, torn

Vinaigrette:

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 garlic cloves, minced
generous pinch of sea salt and black pepper
1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil

BLT Pasta Salad RecipeIn a small bowl, whisk together Dijon, garlic, salt and pepper.

BLT Pasta Salad RecipeAdd vinegar. Slowly whisk in olive oil until combined. Set aside.

BLT Pasta Salad RecipeCook pasta according to package directions.

BLT Pasta Salad RecipeDrain and pour half of the vinaigrette over warm pasta. Let cool to room temperature. Add bacon, tomatoes, cheese, and herbs. Toss to combine. Add more vinaigrette if needed.

BLT Pasta Salad RecipeCheck for seasoning and add more salt and pepper.

BLT Pasta Salad RecipeServe on a bed of butter lettuce.

BLT Pasta Salad Recipe
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BLT Pasta Salad


Ingredients

  • 1 box Dreamfields Rotini

Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped herbs (basil, parsley, dill, chives, and oregano)
  • 1 cup butter lettuce, torn
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 1-2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • generous pinch of sea salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • scant 1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together Dijon, garlic, salt and pepper. Add vinegar. Slowly whisk in olive oil until combined. Set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and pour half of the vinaigrette over warm pasta. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Add bacon, tomatoes, cheese, and herbs. Toss to combine. Add more vinaigrette if needed. Check for seasoning and add more salt and pepper. Serve on a bed of butter lettuce.

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Dreamfields pasta. I was compensated for my time. Opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

    June 25th, 2013 at 8:02 am

    I love the idea of a cool pasta salad on a hot summer day. This looks great Bree!

  2. Cookbook Queen

    June 25th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Pasta + Bacon. What else do I need?? Looks great!!

  3. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

    June 25th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    How amazing this looks for summer!!! Love my BLT’s and my pasta so this is going to be sooo delicious!!!

  4. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    June 25th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Mmmm, I love this salad! I have a feeling it will be on heavy rotation in our home this summer, too!

  5. Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego)

    June 25th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I love making pasta salads when I don’t really feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Your pasta salad looks so bright and refreshing. And it’s got bacon; wow.

  6. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    June 25th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    It was so hot yesterday that I literally forgot to eat! I had some ice cream as an after-work snack and then totally forgot about dinner because I was sitting next to the fan, trying to keep cool. But, I am so with you. I hate cooking when it’s so hot. Pasta salad is always a great go-to!

  7. Kari M

    June 25th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    The recipe for Turkey Mac Soup looks great. I’ll have to save that for when the weather gets cool again.

  8. cassie

    June 25th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    this is gorgeous, Bree! And I love that it has a light dressing. It seems that often BLT salads have such heavy dressings. This is perfect for summer!

  9. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    June 25th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Cool summery pasta salad is the best this time of the year. This looks so colorful, Bree 🙂

  10. Liz

    June 25th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    This looks yummy as does the Elbows with Fresh Spinach

  11. Kaitlin

    June 25th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    The Angel Hair Pasta with Spicy Shrimp sounds fantastic!

  12. Stephanie

    June 25th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I would absolutely love to try Sherri’s Pesto Pasta! It sounds delicious.

    Also, I’ve never heard of this product but I’m definitely going to check and see where I can buy it locally. I’m always trying to get more fiber into our diets and we are huge pasta eaters, so this would help us out!

  13. Mary Soucy

    June 25th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    This sounds like the perfect meal on a 92 degree, very humid day, like today. Thank you for sharing this. You always come up with the best recipes!! 🙂

  14. Camille

    June 25th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    This looks amazing! And… added to the meal plan this week.

  15. Rena

    June 25th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Penne with Greens and Cannellini Beans sounds yum!

  16. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

    June 25th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I can’t get enough of pasta salad this time of year. Thrilled to try our this version 🙂

  17. bakedbree

    June 25th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Yeah! I loved this salad. So refreshing. Hope you love it.

  18. Melissa A.

    June 25th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I have never seen Dreamfields pasta around here. I’ll have to look for it.

  19. bakedbree

    June 25th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I got mine at Target, but I can get it at most supermarkets. They might not carry all of the shapes, but they usually have at least one.

  20. leslie

    June 25th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    This might be the perfect pasta salad…yes indeed!

  21. Shelly

    June 25th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I’d love to try the Angel & Devil pasta!

  22. Elena

    June 27th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Rotini Greek Salad

  23. Melissa

    June 29th, 2013 at 12:51 am

    I love the Dreamfields brand of pasta – I use it exclusively in my kitchen! The recipe for Roasted Vegetables with Rotini & Rosemary Pesto sounds awesome!

  24. Sara S

    July 5th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I found a recipe for Chicken with Olives and Linguine on the Dreamfields website. I think it looks tasty!

  25. Hezzi-D

    July 5th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    The Asian Pork and Pasta looks awesome!

  26. Laurel H

    July 5th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    We use only Dreamfields pasta and just love it! I want to try the Penne and Chicken with Garlic Cream Sauce, sounds delicious!!

  27. Adelina Soto-Thomas

    July 5th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Would love to see either the Dreamfields recipe for Spaghetti carbonara (my hubby’s favorite) or a variation on it!

  28. Teri Melton

    July 10th, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I picked Sherri’s Pesto Pasta because I have a pot of basil growing on my front porch and am hungry for it. I love Dreamfield’s pasta because I have diabetes 2 and it does not hurt me. I tell everyone about it and twice gave out coupons to neighbors and friends when they were having that promotion.

  29. Renata

    July 22nd, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Wow Love Sherrie’s Pesto Pasta! What a lovely mix of flavors to blend with yummy pasta! Thank you!

  30. Cindy Aiton

    July 23rd, 2013 at 12:34 am

    I would make Fresh Tomato & Basil Pasta. Thank you so much for offering such a yummy and generous giveaway!

  31. Georgiana

    July 23rd, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Penne with Greens & Cannelli Beans sounds divine! Love beans!

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