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BLT Pasta Salad with Ranch Dressing

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BLT Pasta Salad with Ranch Dressing
  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 6
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The same ingredients that compose a great sandwich create a superb salad for six in less than half an hour.

Ingredients

1 1/4
cups uncooked medium pasta shells
4
slices bacon
1/4
red onion, thinly sliced (1/4 cup)
1
pint (2 cups) cherry tomatoes, cut in half or 3 roma tomatoes, sliced
1/2
cup reduced-calorie ranch dressing
6
leaves romaine or iceberg lettuce

Directions

  • 1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. Rinse with cold water; drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat about 4 minutes, turning occasionally, until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Crumble into small pieces or cut into thirds.
  • 3 In large bowl, mix pasta, onion and tomatoes; toss gently with dressing to coat. Place lettuce leaf on each of 6 salad plates; divide pasta mixture evenly along plates. Sprinkle each with bacon.
Tips  

Instead of tossing the ingredients together, layer the onions, pasta, bacon and tomatoes on the lettuce and drizzle with the dressing.

Upgrade the fiber and nutrients in this hearty salad by using whole wheat penne.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
210
(
Calories from Fat
60
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
10%
(
Saturated Fat
1g
6%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
10mg
3%
Sodium
320mg
13%
Potassium
250mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
29g
10%
(
Dietary Fiber
2g
10%
,
Sugars
3g
)
Protein
7g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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