BLT Pasta Salad


Everything you love about a BLT tossed in this easy and delicious BLT Pasta Salad! If you like BLT’s, you’re going to love this!



  • 1 pound bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • 1 pound penne pasta or similar (cooked, drained and cooled)
  • 23 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 12 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups croutons (optional)


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional but gives it a hint of smoky flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large bowl toss together bacon, pasta, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. 
  2. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.


  1. In a small bowl or mason jar mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, milk, sugar, Parmesan cheese, chives, garlic powder, onion powder, liquid smoke, salt and pepper until combined.
  2. Toss about 1/2 cup of the dressing with salad then chill salad.
  3. Before serving toss with remaining dressing, top with croutons and season with additional salt and pepper.


Salad is best day 1 or 2. If making ahead of time only add a little bit of the dressing. Reserve the remaining dressing to toss right before serving. 

Cooking bacon – I love to bake bacon. It’s super easy and little clean up and you get the best crispy bacon. Just preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Add strips of bacon and bake for 20-23 minutes until nice and crispy. Transfer bacon to a plate lined with a paper towel to cool. Once cooled, crumble bacon.