BLT Pasta Salad with Ranch Dressing

BLT Pasta Salad with Ranch Dressing

The same ingredients that compose a great sandwich create a superb salad for six in less than half an hour.

Prep Time

25

Minutes

Total Time

25

Minutes

Makes

6

servings

1 1/4
cups uncooked medium pasta shells
4
slices bacon
1/4
red onion, thinly sliced (1/4 cup)
1
pint (2 cups) cherry tomatoes, cut in half or 3 roma tomatoes, sliced
1/2
cup reduced-calorie ranch dressing
6
leaves romaine or iceberg lettuce
  1. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. Rinse with cold water; drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, in 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat about 4 minutes, turning occasionally, until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Crumble into small pieces or cut into thirds.
  3. In large bowl, mix pasta, onion and tomatoes; toss gently with dressing to coat. Place lettuce leaf on each of 6 salad plates; divide pasta mixture evenly along plates. Sprinkle each with bacon.
Makes 6 servings (1 2/3 cups each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Instead of tossing the ingredients together, layer the onions, pasta, bacon and tomatoes on the lettuce and drizzle with the dressing.
Tip
Upgrade the fiber and nutrients in this hearty salad by using whole wheat penne.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 210
    • (Calories from Fat 60),
  • Total Fat 7g
    • (Saturated Fat 1g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 10mg;
  • Sodium 320mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 29g
    • (Dietary Fiber 2g,
    • Sugars 3g),
  • Protein 7g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.