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BLT Salad with Pasta

 BLT Salad with Pasta
“This simple pasta salad is great for gatherings and a favorite of everyone I know! I like to keep the ingredients in separate containers in the fridge. Just toss together for one or more servings whenever needed.” —Mary Sigfusson, Mankato, Minnesota
6 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 package (1 pound) sliced bacon, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 3 cups torn romaine

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large
  • skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper
  • towels with a slotted spoon to drain.
  • Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; place in a large bowl. Add the
  • bacon, tomato and dressing. Toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving.
  • Just before serving, add romaine and toss to coat. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1-1/3 cups equals 358 calories, 24 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 564 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 12 g protein.
Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.