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BLT Bow Tie Pasta Salad

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


  • 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


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water. In a large bowl, combine romaine, chicken, tomato, bacon and pasta.
  • In a small bowl, whisk mayonnaise, water, barbecue sauce, vinegar and pepper. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Serve immediately.
Nutrition 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.

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  • nanwood
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.

  • Veronica
    Apr 26, 2016

    I will make again but without the dressing.

  • clarapippa
    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
    Jan 28, 2016

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

  • RHmom
    Jul 4, 2015

    Great recipe! Everyone loved it!

  • dar1966
    Jul 2, 2015

    how many calories in this?