20 Minute BLT Pasta Salad

This is a simple go-to recipe for school or work lunches.  It keeps well in the fridge and is easy to put together.  I typically keep these ingredients on hand at all times (bow-tie pasta, dressings, bacon).  You can also add some chopped grilled chicken for a heartier meal.  Kroger has frozen precooked chicken breasts in the freezer section that makes this meal even easier if adding chicken.



  • 1 Lb Bow Tie Pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 C Zesty Italian Salad Dressing
  • 1/2 C Creamy Ranch
  • 1 Lb Bacon, cooked until crispy and chopped
  • 2 Large Ripe Tomatoes, diced
  • 10 Leaves of Crispy Romaine Lettuce, washed, and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 Small Red Onion, chopped fine
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • You can also add grilled chicken for a heartier meal


  1. Combine dressings
  2. Combine all other ingredients and toss in dressing
  3. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

*It’s great the next day also.  You may need to mix in more dressing.  The pasta will soak up the dressing and get dry.

* Perfect for school lunches.  I double this recipe often during the school year

*If you are cooking bacon for breakfast (I typically cook a big breakfast on Sundays) cook the whole pack and save bacon for this salad.  It’s easy to put together on a Sunday night for weekday lunches.


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