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BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

Up your pasta salad game with BLT Pasta Salad, which takes the classic sandwich combo and turns it into a quick and easy summer dinner or BBQ side dish. Red onion, cooked bacon, cherry tomatoes, and baby arugula get tossed with your favorite pasta, giving you the flavor of a delicious BLT in every bite. This recipe only gets better as it sits, so you can make this ahead of time and bring it with you for your next cookout or picnic. It’s so easy you can also make it for a fast, healthy lunch to brighten up your workday.

We love mezzi rigatoni for this recipe, which is a smaller version of rigatoni. It has the same great crevices for soaking up maximum flavor, but in perfectly sized pieces to get all of the tasty ingredients in each forkful. Rotini and fusilli are also good options for pasta salad, and you can never go wrong with a classic bowtie (or farfalle).

If you make this recipe in the summer with juicy, in-season tomatoes, you don’t need a pasta salad dressing (the tomatoes provide enough acid). But if you’re making this earlier in the year or if you’d just like to add extra oomph, a simple oil and vinegar dressing will do. Mix it up with ranch dressing or even a creamy chipotle dressing for a little spice.

Fresh, cubed avocados make a delicious addition to this recipe, as would any sort of shredded or crumbled cheese— Cheddar, feta, blue, you name it. This recipe is so versatile that you can really add whatever you’re craving or whatever needs to be used up in the back of your fridge. Swap out arugula for spinach, double up on protein and stir in chopped, cooked chicken, or load up on extra crunchy veggies. Anything goes!

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  • 1 lb. pasta
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 8 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 c. baby arugula



  1. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, mirin, honey and chili garlic sauce. Set aside for serving.
Make rolls:
  1. Cook pasta per package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in medium skillet on medium. Add onion and sauté until just tender. Transfer contents of skillet to large bowl.
  3. When pasta is cooked, drain well and add to bowl with onion and 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper and toss to combine. Fold in bacon, tomatoes, and arugula.
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