Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bacon Avocado Tomato Pasta Salad

Bacon Avocado Tomato Pasta Salad Recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Bacon, avocados, tomatoes, and pasta are drizzled with a creamy avocado ranch dressing to make a light and cool summer meal for the nights when you don't feel much like cooking. I made this in the morning and then tucked it into the refrigerator for dinner. I love easy meals like this all summer long!

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.

Bacon Avocado Tomato Pasta Recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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  1. It sounds delicious - great flavors and ingredients - I'm not surprised your husband was impressed!

  2. I made this for dinner last night to go with our grilled steaks. It was fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you so much for this recipe. I made it for dinner tonight and it was fabulous.

  4. What is it with men not loving pasta like we do? Although mine might go for this with all of the avocado. This sounds wonderful and I like that you mashed up some of the avocado for the dressing.

  5. What keeps the avocado from turning brown?

    1. I don't know exactly why it didn't turn color, perhaps the lemon in the ranch dressing prevented it? Or maybe just because it was coated in the dressing? The salad didn't last more than 24 hours, but in that time period, it didn't turn brown at all.