BLT Pasta Salad

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BLT-Pasta-Salad6Before I start telling you all how delicious this BLT Pasta Salad is, I want to say Thank You for your super sweet comments and get-well wishes about me not feeling good. I ended up in the ER Monday morning because of how much pain I was in. My husband was at work and the kids were in school, so it was kind of lonely being in there by myself. But I’m a tough cookie and braved through. 😉 They ran a bunch of blood work and I had a Nuclear Medicine HIDA scan to see if it was my gallbladder. Everything ended up coming back normal, thankfully, so they seem to think it’s an ulcer. I started some medicine that day so I’m hoping it kicks in soon. 

Okay, let’s get on with the food. This BLT Pasta Salad is woooonderful. Oh it’s so good. It’s like a BLT sandwich, without the bread, broken down into one heck of a pasta salad. The original recipe calls for mayo. You all know I despise mayo, so I replaced it with ranch dressing. It gave it amazing flavor. You could also add some chopped grilled chicken to this as well to serve as a main course. This baby will make an appearance at many picnics and cookouts this Summer! 


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BLT Pasta Salad
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This bacon, lettuce and tomato pasta salad will be the star side dish at your cookouts and picnics!
  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 6 cups torn romaine lettuce
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • ½ cup ranch dressing
  • 1 Tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Then rinse pasta under cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the romaine lettuce, tomato, bacon and pasta.
  3. Drizzle the ranch dressing and barbecue sauce over the top. Gently toss to coat evenly. Season with pepper. Serve immediately and enjoy!



This cold pasta salad will be the hit of all your BBQ's and picnics!

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  1. Sounds great,but since most in our home HATE Ranch dressing,too salty,how much mayonnaise can i replace it with? Thanks so much!

      1. I add a little dill to the mayo and vinegar and thin it with milk if necessary with a sprinkle of sugar . Not a ranch fan either . The dill gives it a fresh flavor

    1. What i have found to be delish is to mix the powered ranch dressing with mayo . It make a great sanwich spread as well as a salad dressing. I don’t find it to be too salty, just tangy.

  2. First of all, I truly hope u r feeling much better and u will not have to even use your medicine much. I love your recipes but most of all I am so glad to hear that u do not like mayo either! I can not tolerate it! Thanks again for your website and prayers to you!

  3. Hey Holly, I had to tell you I have made this pasta salad 3 times since it landed in my inbox last week! lol. 2 times for my sister who said it was so good she needed a second batch….just to make sure she wasn’t dreaming! And then again this weekend for my husband who was skeptical but then said it was so good and refreshing that he would like to have just that for lunch! He didn’t even want to add meat! Amazing. So thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Adele, I am feeling a lot better! I would only recommend this for a packed lunch if you make it the morning of. The lettuce can get soggy so I suggest eating it within a few hours of making it. 🙂

  4. This sounds so delicious! I’m plan on making it for an event at my church. Would you happen to know how much ingredients I should buy to fill a 9×13 container?

  5. Ooh, this looks amazing! Looking forward to checking out your site for meal planning. Plus, I think my husband would eat this, yay!

  6. I tried this recipe last night and I loved it! I added mozzarella cheese to mine:) It was a big hit and so easy.

  7. Do you mix the ranch and barbecue sauce together then drizzle? Please let me know. This looks really good and would love to try it. Thank you.

  8. Saw this on Pinterest and thought it looked so delicious, but figured it was slathered in mayo (which I think is probably the most disgusting thing on the planet…) SO HAPPY I opened this recipe up!! Finally an amazing food blogger I can follow that hates mayo as much as I do, but still has delicious recipes. Life-changing? I’d say so…;)

  9. Do you know how many calories are in this recipe?? I changed the recipe a little with a regular head of lettuce (half a head) 5 pieces of bacon and Jim bean honey barbecue sauce and left out the pepper. Was still absolutely delicious (total keeper! We are trying to eat healthier). If I knew how many calories the original recipe was I think my variation would be somewhere close in that same ball park. Found your recipe on Pinterest and definitely glad I came across it!

  10. This was delicious !! It looked good but I did have my doubts when I put it together. I was very surprised. My son ate almost all of it !!. I did add a little chopped red onion and a little of small cut up sharp cheese. I also mixed the 2 dressings together and put that in a bowl in the refrigerator until ready to mix the salad. VERY good !!

    Definitely one I will make again… thanks

  11. I am doing this tonight with grilled chicken cut up, peppered bacon and whatever else I can find…the BBQ caught my eye, has to be amazing….

  12. Hope you are feeling better. I made a salad similar and it calculated the WW Plus points which we try to follow.
    I like how your lettuce is cut or torn bigger mine said to shred but my dressing was made with
    1tsp cider vinegar
    1/2 cup fat free mayo (used lite)
    1/3 c sour cream (lite)
    1Tbs Dijon mustard
    sprinkle of salt and pepper. really tasted good. made 6 servings with using 3 and 2/3 c pasta I used shells sliced up cherry tomatoes into quarters about 3 cups 4 bacon slices and the lettuce around 3 cups…WW points 3 per 1/2 cup and the new Smart Points 4.
    so since it was low in points and filling had it as a snack….

  13. This sounds amazing… Ranch is pretty much unavailable here in my country so I would replace this with mayonaise… (we have deliciously creamy mayonaise)…
    I am going on a 12 hour bus ride tomorrow and was looking for a good recipe to take with me.. This sounds delicious I am going to make this tonight and put the lettuce in a ziplock bag for last minute adding.. I’ll also add some pulled chicken.. and add some cheese 🙂

    I’m already looking forward to this… this sounds like if you leave out the pasta and put the rest of the mixture on a wrap this would be pretty good too 🙂 Getting all kinds of inspiration here now 😉

  14. Okay, first of all, AMAZING RECIPE!!!!!!!! I love it so much. I’m currently on summer break from high school, and I often get very bored during the day. I decided to browse Pinterest, and I saw your salad and fell in love with it. The picture looked incredible, so I decided to make it then and there. I’m not one that likes salads at all, or cooking, but this recipe was phenomenal and super easy!! I will definitely make it again for my family

  15. Made this today, and it was “Awesome!” Didn’t change a thing. This is a keeper, Thanks for sharing

  16. Can it be served cold… Like can I make it in the morning… store it in the fridge and then take it out for party time?

  17. Made this for a family bbq and everyone loved it. I made it the night before and just added the lettuce the next morning. I also used Pene as I couldn’t get Bow Knot pasta. It makes a very large amount and we have been enjoying the leftovers. I didn’t have ranch dressing either so in an almost empty mayo jar I put some cream and garlic and shook together, it was a very nice option.

  18. My boyfriend loves this recipe and it’s easy to make-ahead or make in bulk for potlucks and such. Ranch dressing isn’t a “thing” where I’m from so I found a recipe to make it myself, it tastes great! Making it yourself means you can also adjust it to your own preference (less fat, salt, sugar). I just saw a comment saying they added grilled chicken, I think I’ll try that next time 🙂

  19. It was fantastic. I made it for a work lunch and it was a huge success. I will definitely make this again, and again, and again. Wish I could post a picture of how it turned out. Thank you for a wonderful meal.

  20. Glad you are feeling better and nothing really serious . I have never made this BLT salad but I will fix this hopefully this weekend . I love ranch dressing . Stay well , love your recipes !!!!!!!!

  21. Made this for my tribe on our recent summer vacay. It was a HIT and my hubs hates ranch. There wasn’t any left over. I cannot wait to make it for our next gathering.
    I made sure to feature this one on my blog! Thank you big for such a yummy recipe.

  22. Hi,
    I was looking for new lunch ideas for my husband and came across your recipe. It looks absolutely delicious! I would like to know if it can be made ahead or is it better served fresh?

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