BLT Pasta Salad ~ #OurFamilyTable
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If you're looking at side salad options, this one is absolutely wonderful and so unique! It combines a traditional pasta salad, with a green salad, with all the wonderful flavors of a BLT. It was really delicious. I actually made a double batch of the ingredient list below and my little family of 4 devoured the whole thing in a day. Leftovers won't keep long - but they'll probably be fine for a day. Mine didn't make it that long! Just keep the croutons out, and add them on individually so they don't get too soft. Wonderful textures, flavors, and so much fresh goodness in this dish!
As always - if you're worried about a salad / side dish getting warm if it's sitting outside, set it atop a larger bowl full of ice underneath it to help keep it chilled / temperature safe!
BLT Pasta Salad from Veronika's Kitchen
4 cups Romaine lettuce chopped, washed, and dried
2 cups pasta cooked and cooled (I used mini penne)
2 small tomatoes, diced
8 thin slices of bacon, cooked to crispy, cooled and rough chopped
1 avocado, diced
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
1-2 cups croutons (I used homemade Ranch seasoned oyster crackers)
1/4 cup Caesar dressing
- In a large mixing bowl, combine prepared lettuce with the cooled pasta, diced tomatoes, chopped bacon, avocado, and shredded Parmesan cheese. Toss lightly to combine.
- Drizzle the dressing over, and toss lightly to combine again. Taste and adjust cheese and dressing if desired.
- Plate and sprinkle with desired amount of croutons to serve.