BLT Pasta Salad with Avocado and Ranch is a cold pasta salad with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado, drizzled with a skinny Ranch dressing! It’s everyone’s favorite sandwich combo in a scrumptious pasta salad. Grab a fork!!!
BLT Pasta Salad with Avocado and Ranch
This salad…it’s like a giant bowl of bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandos…tossed together with avocado, pasta, and ranch dressing!
Just you go ahead and try to make BLT pasta salad without sneaking bite, after bite, after bite, before unveiling it at your next event…or your next lunch break.
When I make this salad, I can barely keep my hands off the crispy bacon bits.
If you’re a bacon-lover, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
So, make extra because every bite is as good as the last, all the way to the finish.
BLT pasta salad recipe tips for saving time and creating quality
Ranch dressing: Make my secretly healthy Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing a day in advance, or use your go-to. Either way, make it a day in advance of serving because salad dressing is always better the second day after the flavors have hung out together.
Pasta: You can use any type of pasta you like. Just be sure to cook the pasta noodles a day in advance so they have time to fully chill before tossing this bad boy together and serving.
Lettuce: I love to use romaine or iceberg lettuce, or combine the two for this pasta salad. You can prep it a day or two before serving, just be sure to air dry the lettuce completely before storing in the fridge.
Bacon: Feel free to use your favorite pre-cooked bacon or bacon bits for this pasta salad. If you cook your own, do it a day or two in advance to avoid extra tasks the day of your event.
Avocado: Be sure to use a ripe, but not too ripe, avocado for BLT pasta salad. For optimal avocado freshness, I recommend waiting until the last minute to chop and add avocado to the salad.
Serving tip: Keep all prepped ingredients separate from each other until you’re ready to toss the salad together. Think of it as a sacred wedding day, because BLT pasta salad is…pretty much is exactly that!
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BLT Pasta Salad Ingredients
- cooked rotini pasta (or any pasta noodles)
- romaine lettuce
- cherry tomatoes
- cooked bacon
- red onion
- Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing
Kitchen tools I use for this recipe:
BLT Pasta Salad with Avocado and Ranch
- 2 cups Spiral Pasta uncooked
- 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
- 2 cups Romaine Lettuce chopped
- 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes halved
- 1/3 lb Bacon 4-6 pieces cooked and crumbled
- 1/2 small Red Onion about 1/4 cup diced
- 1 Avocado about 1 cup diced
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing optional
- Cook PASTA NOODLES and SALT according to package instructions; rinse with cool water to prevent further cooking; drain and set aside. (Note: salt can be cooked with the pasta, or added to the dressing...your choice).
- In a large mixing bowl, combine LETTUCE, PASTA, TOMATOES, BACON, RED ONION, and AVOCADO.
- Add GREEK YOGURT RANCH DRESSING; gently toss to combine; serve immediately.
Pro tip: Prep ingredients ahead and store individually until ready to toss with dressing.
Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy and are estimates based on unbranded ingredients acquired from a nutrition database. For accurate calculations, please refer to brand packaging information and consult your nutritionist.** NOTE: Nutrition information does not include the data for Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing. Please refer to that recipe for nutrition info by clicking HERE.