This BLT Pasta Salad Recipe is that perfect summertime pasta salad for potlucks and barbecues. The pasta combined with juicy tomatoes, lettuce, and bacon is like having a classic BLT Sandwich served as a salad.

If you love Creamy Macaroni Salad the BLT Chopped Salad, then this BLT Pasta Salad is sure to become a new favorite side dish.

Pasta Salad in a large bowl.

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The Best BLT Pasta Salad

A BLT Pasta Salad is essentially cooked pasta combined with crispy bacon pieces and tomatoes in a creamy homemade dressing. This has the best salad dressing which really makes this salad.

This is the perfect pasta salad for a large party, family gathering, or even a summer picnic. It’s so easy to throw together and is such a crowd-pleaser. It can also be enjoyed as a quick dinner or lunch as it’s so filling.

All the ingredients needed for homemade blt pasta salad laid out.

Ingredients

The ingredients for the pasta salad are so simple and inexpensive, and you most likely already have them on hand in your pantry and refrigerator.

  • Bacon – Any bacon will work in this recipe. We like to use our Oven Baked Bacon or Air Fryer Bacon for perfectly cooked bacon.
  • Lettuce – We used romaine but iceberg lettuce will work just fine.
  • Pasta – Any short pasta will work. You can use bowtie, rotini, elbow, penne, ziti, etc.
  • Tomato – Any tomato on hand will work, just cut it into small bite-size pieces.
  • Onion – You can use either red onion or sweet onion.
  • Dressing – The dressing consists of Ranch, sour cream, mayo, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
Salad ingredients in a blue bowl unmixed.

How to Make BLT Pasta Salad

  1. Cook Pasta – Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water.
  2. Cook bacon – Cook the bacon using your favorite method of cooking.
  3. Cut lettuce – Rinse, chop and dry the lettuce.
  4. Make the dressing – In a bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing.
  5. Combine – Add salad ingredients to a bowl and toss to combine. Pour the dressing just before serving and gently toss to combine.

Pro Tip: To make sure the salad is not watery or soggy, after rinsing and chopping your lettuce, use a salad spinner to remove any excess water. This will also help keep your greens crisp longer.

Variations

There are so many different ingredients you can add to the classic salad recipe. Here are some of our favorite add-ins for BLT Pasta Salad:

  • Diced avocado
  • Cheddar cheese, grated or diced
  • Chopped bell peppers
  • Diced cucumbers
BLT pasta salad topped with ground black pepper.

Common Questions

Can I use store-bought dressing?

If you don’t want to use our homemade dressing, you can use your favorite store-bought ranch dressing. You can also try the dressing from our Classic BLT Salad.

Do I have to rinse my pasta with cold water?

Yes, rinsing it under cold water stops the cooking process of the pasta and keeps the pasta from sticking together and becoming mushy.

Can I use a different pasta?

Yes, you can use any short pasta for this recipe.

How long will the salad last once mixed?

This salad is best when enjoyed fresh as the lettuce will start to get soggy. Store any leftover salad in the refrigerator.

A white bowl with blt pasta salad topped with ground black pepper.

Make-Ahead

  • Refrigerating – This pasta salad can totally be made up to one day in advance! Keep the salad ingredients in one bowl and the dressing in a separate container or mason jar. Cover both and refrigerate.
  • To Serve – Once you have added the salad dressing, serve right away so the lettuce doesn’t get soggy.

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Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

BLT Pasta Salad Recipe

4.98 from 109 votes
Author: Valentina Ablaev
BLT Pasta Salad in serving bowl
This BLT Pasta Salad Recipe is that perfect summertime pasta salad for potlucks and barbecues! The pasta combined with juicy tomatoes, lettuce and bacon is like having a classic BLT sandwich served as a salad.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 as a side salad

Salad Ingredients

  • 6 oz uncooked rotini pasta, about 2 cups
  • 4 cups romaine or iceberg lettuce, rinsed, chopped and spun-dry
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz bacon, baked or air-fried and chopped
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped

For the Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt, or to taste
  • tsp ground black pepper, or to taste

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain the pasta and rinse under cold water, set aside to cool.
  • In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the dressing and whisk until creamy.
  • In a large salad bowl, add the cooked pasta, chopped romaine, halved tomatoes, cooked bacon, and chopped red onion and toss.
  • Just before serving, add the dressing to taste and gently toss until combined.

Nutrition Per Serving

484kcal Calories27g Carbs18g Protein33g Fat8g Saturated Fat14g Polyunsaturated Fat10g Monounsaturated Fat1g Trans Fat51mg Cholesterol957mg Sodium466mg Potassium2g Fiber3g Sugar2974IU Vitamin A14mg Vitamin C47mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
BLT Pasta Salad Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
484
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
33
g
51
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
14
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
10
g
Cholesterol
 
51
mg
17
%
Sodium
 
957
mg
42
%
Potassium
 
466
mg
13
%
Carbohydrates
 
27
g
9
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
18
g
36
%
Vitamin A
 
2974
IU
59
%
Vitamin C
 
14
mg
17
%
Calcium
 
47
mg
5
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blt pasta salad, pasta blt salad
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 484

Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Mary from Racine.
    August 20, 2023

    I finally made Natasha’s BLT Pasta Salad. It is just delicious. Made exactly as printed, even added the garlic to dressing and finely chopped onion to the salad. So delicious! It’s what’s for supper on this hot day.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 20, 2023

      I’m so glad you loved this recipe!

      Reply

  • Peggy
    July 3, 2023

    I made this with Ranch dressing and then a second time with a plain Greek yogurt recipe for dressing. Both still made the recipe a bit bland, so added black olives and garlic and that enhanced it quite a bit.

    Reply

  • Laurie
    June 29, 2023

    I made this great summer salad this evening and it was delicious!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 29, 2023

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Laurie!

      Reply

  • Noell C
    June 26, 2023

    My mom’s been making a version of this salad for decades (it’s her go-to for summer potlucks!).

    I really enjoyed the addition of red onion (though I used a shallot because that’s what I had).

    And I also used 1-2 Tbsp of Ranch dressing seasoning instead of actual dressing, just added a little more mayo for the 1/4.

    Really delicious! And was a huge hit at the potluck I brought it to!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 26, 2023

      Thank you for your wonderful review, Noell! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe.

      Reply

  • Russell Sprague
    June 18, 2023

    Hi Natasha, I made your BLT pasta salad recipe and doubled everything as we had a big fathers day picnic today. I’ve made so many of your recipes over the last few years and loved everyone. However I’ve never left feed back so today I am. The salad was to die for. I didn’t make near enough as everyone loved it. Wish I would have made this salad a long time ago. Thanks for being such a great chef and sharing your recipes with us.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 18, 2023

      I appreciate you sharing that with us, Russell. Thank you so much!

      Reply

  • Debbie
    April 4, 2023

    Hi Natasha Im looking for your recipe caramel cheese cake cups and I cant find it please help thank you Ken and deb mcewen

    Reply

  • Patrice k Berndt
    April 4, 2023

    I really enjoy your recipes I have made a couple of the recipes and my family can’t get enough of it and of course they want the recipe just like to thankyou for sharing your recipes to everyone

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 4, 2023

      Thank you for sharing that with us, Patrice. I’m so happy that it was a hit!

      Reply

  • Kerri
    March 22, 2023

    Hi Natasha
    Sorry to ask but how much of each ingredient when making the dressing? This looks banging and I can’t wait to make it 😍

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 22, 2023

      Hi Kerri! I have the ingredient list and instructions for the dressing in the recipe card. Click on “jump to recipe” at the top of the page. 🙂
      I hope you love it!

      Reply

  • Jeri
    March 20, 2023

    How about combining the dressing with the pasta salad ahead and refrigerate? When it’s time to serve toss in the lettuce or serve over the lettuce.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 21, 2023

      Hi Jeri, I address that in the Make Ahead section of the recipe post. I hope this helps!

      Reply

  • Jeananne
    March 11, 2023

    This was a big hit for my family. I love all your recipes and am looking forward to your new cook book! Your recipes are the only ones I seem to follow now.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 11, 2023

      I can’t wait for you to get my cookbook, Jeananne!

      Reply

  • Wanda Cowan
    January 19, 2023

    I can not wait to try this! Could tell me how much is the measurement for one serving?

    Thank You!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 19, 2023

      Hi Wanda! This recipe serves 6 as a side salad. I don’t have the exact measurement. If you have a food scale, you can weigh the salad and divide it by 6. I hope you love the salad!

      Reply

  • Molly R
    December 3, 2022

    This may be a great “summertime” salad, but we paired it with grilled chicken and your roasted cauliflower last night – December 2nd with freezing temps and snow on the ground. And we all LOVED it! It was a nice, light meal after a day playing in the snow. We will definitely keep it in the mix – any time of the year!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 3, 2022

      Hi Molly! Thank you for trying my recipe. I’m so glad you found another to add to your rotation. 🙂

      Reply

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