Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Bacon Avocado Tomato Pasta Salad
I ran across this recipe on my friend Kristen's website a while back and I couldn't get it out of my mind. This is such a simple recipe, and yet the flavors work well together to create a salad that tastes like much more than the few ingredients required.
My husband is not a big fan of pasta in general, so I was planning to have this just for my kids and myself. However, he tasted the salad when we were serving the plates and he wound up eating a full serving. That's a serious thumbs up from him!
Bacon Avocado Tomato Pasta Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing
recipe adapted from Dine and Dish
Yield: 4-6 servings as a side dish
8 ounces small shell pasta, cooked according to directions *
1/2 large avocado, peeled and pit removed, cut into 1/2" pieces
1/4 - 1/2 cup small grape tomatoes
8 slices bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces
1/2 large avocado, peeled and pit removed, mashed with a fork
1/3 cup Quick and Easy Homemade Ranch Dip, or the ranch dip/dressing of your choice
Mash the avocado in medium size mixing bowl and then stir in the ranch dip. Add the cooked pasta and stir well to coat. Add the remaining ingredients and toss to combine. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy!
* I used a gluten free quinoa pasta and it worked great.
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