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Bacon Avocado Caprese Pasta Salad

Bacon Avocado Caprese Pasta Salad
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 6

Craving fresh but need something easy to make? Toss together this simply perfect pasta salad packed with freshness: fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, arugula and avocados. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

1
box Betty Crocker™ Suddenly Pasta Salad™ Caesar
1/4
cup olive or vegetable oil
1
tablespoon water
1
tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2
tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
1
cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1
cup drained fresh mozzarella cheese pearls
1
cup fresh baby arugula leaves
8
slices bacon, crisply cooked, coarsely chopped
1
medium avocado, peeled, pitted, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Steps

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  • 1
    Cook pasta as directed on box. Meanwhile, in large bowl, stir together seasoning mix (from salad box), oil, water and balsamic vinegar.
  • 2
    Drain pasta; rinse with cold water. Shake to drain well.
  • 3
    Add drained pasta, basil, tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, arugula, bacon and avocado to balsamic vinegar mixture; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

  • Make it even easier! Bacon slices can be purchased that are fully cooked. Find this product in the meat department of the grocery store. Make bacon as directed on package, then coarsely chop.
  • Can’t find fresh mozzarella pearls? Cherry size balls of fresh mozzarella cheese, cut in half, can be used in place of the mozzarella cheese pearls. If you can only find fresh mozzarella in a 1-lb ball or log, cut the cheese into 1/2-inch cubes, and use 1 cup in this salad.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
390
Calories from Fat
210
% Daily Value
Total Fat
24g
36%
Saturated Fat
3g
15%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
35mg
12%
Sodium
620mg
26%
Potassium
260mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
30g
10%
Dietary Fiber
2g
11%
Sugars
3g
Protein
15g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
20%
20%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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