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BLT Bow Tie Pasta Salad Recipe

BLT Bow Tie Pasta Salad Recipe

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. YIELD: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 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


  • 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.

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.

Reviews for BLT Bow Tie Pasta Salad

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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?"

Helensdaughter User ID: 5484824 227810
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2015

"My family loved this dish. I will make it again!"

dowitcher User ID: 1209489 56070
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2014

"This is very good for a hot summer's supper on the deck! Be sure the pasta is drained well so it doesn't make the dressing runny."

ksdaley User ID: 7868203 122197
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2014

"My husband and I loved this without the chicken. We will add more bacon for the true BLT taste."

lorischlecht User ID: 1226455 64034
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"This was really easy to make, and quite good. You could easily use the precooked bacon and save a little time. I cooked my own, but next time I'll use precooked. The dressing is not overpowering nor is the salad swimming in it. It provides a nice coating of flavor."

cozycuddles User ID: 7709420 137359
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

"My Fiancée and I loved this! I would add more bacon next time."

awf60 User ID: 30417 56587
Reviewed May. 24, 2014

"This was very good! Used cherry tomatoes cut in half. Had to substitute red wine vinegar because all I had, and it worked fine!!"

kallsmom User ID: 2662239 138095
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2014

"Great Dish! Made this for a potluck and everyone enjoyed it! I would make this again!"

Crittermom98 User ID: 5895962 143580
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014


MY REVIEW User ID: 1289836 59743
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

"Great summertime dish! We liked it with arugula instead of romaine for a more robust flavor."

Pauljjamie User ID: 2222334 56069
Reviewed May. 30, 2013

"Made this for a light dinner with whole wheat rolls. Me and my husband both give it a thumbs up!"

brittnipapke User ID: 7081888 64032
Reviewed May. 30, 2013

"very good. easy to make."

SarahDCB User ID: 6888333 59742
Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"Made this for my husband and I for lunch today and we both loved it. I added pepperoni crisped in the microwave, and croutons. Thought both additions gave it extra flavor and crunch. Easy, delicious meal, especially good for warm, summer days."

s_pants User ID: 174050 143579
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"This is definitely better the day it is made; the dressing got absorbed by the second day, but I sprinkled some shredded Parmesan on top to give it some added flavor."

MBO'R User ID: 5344974 118976
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

"My family really loved this recipe"

wisemank48089 User ID: 3424327 118970
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2010

"My whole family just loves this salad. I sprinkle parmesan cheese on top at the end. Great for a hot summer day."

jeff1 User ID: 2994392 56570
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2009

"100%I make again,,."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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