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Macro-Friendly BLT Pasta Salad

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Everything you love about a classic BLT sandwich, but in a tasty, satisfying salad form! This macro-balance BLT Pasta Salad is bursting with flavor and texture, making it the perfect meal-prepped lunch, easy dinner, or crowd-pleasing dish-to-pass.

I've always loved the flavors of a hearty BLT. The crispy bacon, crunchy lettuce, and juicy tomatoes deliver a fresh meal that's easy to make and ideal for summer days. We took this classic delight and turned it into a salad that's macro-friendly and loved by the whole family!

3 Reasons Why You'll Love This Recipe

  1. Only 5 ingredients are required. I don't know about you, but I like to take a less is more approach to recipes and cooking. The fewer the required ingredients, the better! And this Macro-Friendly BLT Pasta Salad only needs 5 simple ingredients that you might already have on hand!
  2. It's refreshing and satisfying. Salads have gotten a bad rep for being boring, but this one will change your mind! Between the fresh, crunchy romaine lettuce, the tangy tomatoes, the savory bacon, and the creamy ranch, you'll experience a complete flavor explosion with every single bite.
  3. It's low in calories and high in protein. For a salad that doesn't contain a main protein source like chicken breast, this salad is actually very macro-friendly! With over 8g of protein per serving and less than 200 calories, you can fully enjoy this meal while still hitting your goals!

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bowl of BLT pasta salad

BLT Pasta Salad

Tami Smith
Get ready to indulge in a salad that brings together the beloved elements of a BLT in a pasta form, perfect for picnics, potlucks, or a light lunch! Bursting with flavor and texture, this salad is a perfect balance of freshness and indulgence!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 187 kcal

Equipment

  • Large Pot
  • Colander or strainer
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Mixing bowl
  • Salad tongs or spoon
  • Serving bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz. whole grain penne pasta
  • 2 cups Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup bacon bits
  • ½ cup Bolthouse Farms Ranch
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook the whole grain penne pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool the pasta down.
  • While the pasta cooks, chop your lettuce and half your cherry tomatoes.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked penne pasta, bacon bits, chopped Romaine lettuce, and cherry tomatoes.
  • Pour the Bolthouse Farms Ranch dressing over the ingredients. Toss gently to ensure everything is evenly coated.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the amount according to your preference.
  • Serve the BLT Pasta Salad as a refreshing side dish or a light main course. It's perfect for picnics, potlucks, or a quick lunch. Enjoy!

Notes

Notes or special instructions:
Feel free to customize your BLT Pasta Salad by adding additional ingredients such as crispy bacon crumbles, diced avocado, or sliced red onions for extra flavor and texture.
To make it a more substantial meal, you can add cooked and diced chicken breast or grilled shrimp.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. However, note that the lettuce may become wilted, so consider adding fresh lettuce before serving if needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 8.2gFat: 4.2g
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