Monday, March 7, 2011

BLT Pasta Salad

My dear friends, Andrea and Bill, have a huge garden every year.  Last year they planted 47 tomato plants.  They are generous with their tomatoes.  Andrea also shared this recipe with me.  It's a great way to use up some of those delicious tomatoes in the summer. 

My sister-in-law requested this salad at a recent family event.  It was pretty good with the store bought variety of tomatoes.  But boy it got me thinking of summer days with fresh from the garden tomatoes.

This recipe makes a lot.  I double it for family events but I have a HUGE family.  So unless you have a HUGE family (and a HUGE bowl), I'd stick with the original recipe.

BLT Pasta Salad
1 package (16 oz) wagon wheel pasta
1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled or chopped
4 ripe plum tomatoes, halved then sliced
3 cups chopped romaine lettuce

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 T. cider vinegar
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions, al dente is best.  Rinse under cold water and set aside to drain.  In a large bowl combine pasta, bacon, tomatoes and lettuce.

In a separate small bowl, mix dressing ingredients until smooth. 
Pour over pasta mixture and toss to coat.

Serve Immediately.

Thanks Andrea.  This one's a winner!


Andrea said...

Yay!! I feel so honored to be mentioned on your blog!!!! This TOTALLY makes me want summer to be here right NOW. I can just taste those tomatoes melting in my mouth. Love this salad.

Meesh said...

Looks amazing. Andrea's garden is also amazing and I have partaken of those tomatoes as well, they are delicious.

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