Summer BLT Pasta Salad

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One of the best sandwich recipes ever takes form in this summer BLT pasta salad recipe, which is a combination of al dente bow ties, spicy ranch, sweet tomatoes and smoky bacon. This pasta salad is typical of other varieties with a bite-sized pasta noodle, fresh ingredients, and a creamy dressing. Bite-sized pasta noodles, like penne, fusilli or rotini are the way to go in pasta salad recipes, because they are simple to eat and pick up the creamy dressing well. Even though Holly, the author of ‘Life in the Lofthouse’ recipe blog, specifies bow tie pasta for her creamy pasta dish, you could use whatever variety of noodle you have on hand, and this dish will be just as delicious.

Unlike other pasta salad recipes, this version should be served immediately, since it contains romaine lettuce, which may wilt under the dressing. Alternatively, you could leave the romaine lettuce out until ready to serve, since pasta salads develop in flavor the longer they sit. Romaine is a healthy and hearty lettuce that is most often used in Caesar salad recipes or on a BLT sandwich but is often thought of as an empty food choice because it is so light. While you will only see five calories per half cup of romaine lettuce, you will see a wealth of other nutrition from that half cup as well. A half cup of romaine lettuce includes forty-seven percent of your daily-recommended intake of vitamin A, and nine percent of your daily-recommended intake of vitamin C. Romaine also includes very high amounts of potassium, thiamine, manganese, riboflavin, and magnesium. Vitamin A is a necessary antioxidant for a healthy immune system, vision, and skin. Vitamin A also helps with fast healing of injuries. This BLT pasta recipe includes six cups of romaine lettuce, which ensures the entire family is getting a good amount of their daily nutrients.

This pasta salad recipe could take a role in your dinner roster through the week as a main meal, with the addition of seared steak or chicken breast. The salad is quick and easy to assemble since it uses only seven ingredients, which means that grilling a steak or chicken breast would be an easy addition if you wanted to turn it into a meal salad. This BLT salad recipe would be an excellent replacement for other easy pasta meals, which are hot, especially if it is sweltering outside and you would prefer to eat a cold dinner. Alternatively, this dish would be a terrific addition to any workplace potluck or family get-together during the summer.

Nutrition Facts for: Summer BLT Pasta Salad from Life in the Lofthouse

Ingredients: Tow tie pasata, romaine letttuce, tomato, bacon, ranch dressing, BBQ sauce, pepper.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings.

* Per Serving:Calories 260, Calories from Fat 83, Total Fat 9.2g 14%, Saturated Fat 2.8g 14%, Cholesterol 55mg 18%, Sodium 595mg 25%, Potassium 324mg 9%, Carbohydrates 30.7g 10%, Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%, Sugars 2.3g, Protein 13.0g, Vitamin A 9%, Vitamin C 10%, Calcium 2%, Iron 19%

Although you may be used to a mayonnaise dressing for your pasta salads, this version uses Ranch for a peppery flavor. Mayonnaise would be a more traditional version for a BLT than ranch, but the ranch takes this salad recipe up a notch because it is tangy, peppery, creamy and herbaceous at the same time. Thank you to Holly, the author of ‘Life in the Lofthouse’ recipe blog, for sharing her BLT pasta salad recipe with us.

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