BLT Bow Tie Pasta Salad Recipe
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BLT Bow Tie Pasta Salad Recipe

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I first had this summery salad at a family reunion, and it's become one of my husband's favorite dinners. Sometimes, we leave out the chicken and serve it as a side dish instead. —Jennifer Madsen, Rexburg, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 6 cups torn romaine
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 4 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1-3/4 cups: 253 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 239mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water. In a large bowl, combine romaine, chicken, tomato, bacon and pasta.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk mayonnaise, water, barbecue sauce, vinegar and pepper. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as BLT Bow Tie Pasta Salad in Light & Tasty August/September 2004, p31

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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nanwood User ID: 2351123 255742
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2016

"My family doesn't like salads, so I was very happy to make this where the focus was on the bacon and pasta instead of the Romaine lettuce. I substituted peas for the tomatoes, as my family doesn't like tomatoes either. Everyone at our table liked this salad very much. Yum!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 255678
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2016

"Delicious! I took the past poster's comment and left out the water. To me, the consistency was correct after I did that."

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 252922
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2016

"Good but would tweak a few things next time. I thought the salad needed more bacon and the dressing was very runny. Perhaps leaving out the water as another reviewer suggested would be a good solution. I used penne pasta rather than bowties because that's what I had on hand, and I substituted cherry tomatoes cut in half for the one medium tomato because that is also what I had on hand. Worked out just fine!"

cindiak User ID: 221828 248750
Reviewed May. 28, 2016

"The salad was great, but will use a different dressing next time. I think Caesar dressing would be good along with some shaved parmesan."

TriciaAG User ID: 8247097 248477
Reviewed May. 22, 2016

"I made this for a light supper for my sister and niece. They gave it a thumbs down. I may make it again, adding more bacon, and tweaking the dressing by leaving out the water which renders it tasteless, and adding herbs, maybe Ranch mix to give more flavor."

vj221979 User ID: 5329286 247497
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2016

"I will make again but without the dressing."

clarapippa User ID: 7949787 246548
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2016

"Subbed black olives and peas for the tomatoes, Caesar for the mayo. Yum yum! Very easy. I also only coated the meat, veg and pasta in the dressing to keep the lettuce fresh plus easier for leftovers."

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 242734
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"very tasty! The only thing we changed was not adding water to the dressing. It just didn't need it."

RHmom User ID: 4544905 228940
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"Great recipe! Everyone loved it!"

dar1966 User ID: 8435204 228863
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2015

"how many calories in this?"

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