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Chilled Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Pasta Salad Recipe

This is one of my favorite summer pasta salads. How could one go wrong changing a BLT into a salad?

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Here are the ingredients for the BLT salad. Oh yeah, and some crispy, cold romaine lettuce.


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First, cut one pound of bacon into small pieces and place in frying pan on medium-high heat.

I recently discovered low sodium bacon. I think it is so much better than regular bacon. Okay, maybe I didn’t recently discover it. I just finally gave it a chance.

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While bacon is frying, place at least six quarts of water into a large pot to boil.

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Bacon is sizzling and nearly done!

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Back to the noodles… after the water has come to a rolling boil add two 16 ounce packages of noodles to the pot.

I’m embarrassed to admit this but when I was a young “cook”, I didn’t realize how important it is to add the noodles after the water was boiling.

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When bacon is finished cooking, allow it to cool by placing it on a plate covered in a couple of paper towels. This will soak up the excess bacon grease.

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Chop up one medium onion into small pieces.

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Noodle check! Yep, perfect.

Another thing that I have learned about cooking pasta is that it is a very good idea to follow the cooking time on the package. The noodles come out perfect when you set the timer.

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When pasta is al dente, drain and rinse with cold water until the noodles are completely cold.

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I love tossing cold pasta into a bowl!

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Add 1- 1/2 cups of mayonnaise, bacon and diced onions to pasta and stir.

The smell of bacon cooking always seems to bring the family to the kitchen! That’s funny, I could swear that I had more bacon than this a minute ago.

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Gently mix in about one pint of small tomatoes and salt & pepper to taste. When pasta salad is all mixed, place in fridge to chill.

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While the pasta salad is chilling, slice a crispy head of romaine lettuce and place on each dinner plate and top with your BLT salad.

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The perfect summer dinner!

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