Wednesday, June 27, 2012

BLT Pasta Salad recipe

BLT pasta salad, noodles, avacado, tomato, bacon, mayo, vinegar, sugar, mustard, cider vinegar, apple cider vinegar, sour cream, salt, pepper, shredded lettuce, spiral noodles, elbow noodles

Time for a healthy recipe! I got this a long time ago and I don't even remember where I got it. It is another good summer recipe that is best with fresh tomatoes, crispy bacon, and perfectly ripe avocados. You can make it with your favorite pasta. I like it with the spiral noodles but have made it elbow noodles too. This is the original recipe and while I haven't made it in a long time I know that I tweaked it a little bit to fit my liking. So taste the dressing before you mix it with your salad and make it your own. This definitely is best fresh and doesn't get better with time. Usually after 2-3 days the lettuce and avocados are turning brown, the noodles get soggy, and the dressing becomes pretty bitter. So make it, share it, and eat it all day!

BLT Pasta Salad
1 small box spiral noodles or the noodles of your liking
4 cups cut-up tomatoes
4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 cups thin sliced lettuce (the easy way is to buy the shredded lettuce in the salad section)
1/2-1 sliced avocado (I love lots of avocado in my salad)
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1/2 cup fat free Mayo
1/3 cup light sour cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook your noodles and then rinse them in cold water. Next you mix the noodles with bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes in a big bowl with room to toss/stir the salad. In another bowl mix the sugar, vinegar, mayo, sour cream, and mustard. This is where you need to make sure that it pleases your taste buds. I usually leave out the mustard and add a little more vinegar and sugar. I like my dressing strong! Poor hubby hates the smell of vinegar and always complains but too bad because this is good! Pour the dressing over the noodle salad, stir really well and put into fridge. I can't wait for it to get fridge cold and will eat a big bowl first. Then later in the day I will eat some more. And then eat some for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the next day. Yes I have a problem...I can eat something every day for a week and then be done with it for several months!

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