BLT Caesar Pasta Salad with Avocado is loaded with crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado, and tender pasta dressed in tangy Caesar dressing and served atop a bed of fresh lettuce!
Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! After what feels like months of go-go-going, we finally had a relaxing few days at home, with family time and a chance to catch up on things around here. I actually came down with a lovely cold at the end of last week and completely lost my voice by Saturday morning, so it was nice that we didn’t have any pressing engagements this weekend that required me to interact with anyone or, you know, speak above a whisper. 😉
Last week, before I got sick, we wrapped up end-of-season baseball tournaments for both of my boys, which meant that we basically had a game every evening. So during the day, I would try to make something for dinner that would be ready to eat when we got home late from a game, like a recipe in the slow cooker or a filling to stuff into sandwich buns or a loaded pasta salad. And as luck would have it, the latter gave me the perfect excuse to concoct this BLT Caesar Pasta Salad with Avocado!
These are a few of my favorite things, y’all. Bacon is obviously greatness, in and of itself. But paired with juicy summer tomatoes and crisp, green lettuce, à la the famous sandwich? Heaven.
And then, why not transform those flavors into pasta salad greatness, while simultaneously kicking everything up a notch or ten? For added flavor and creamy texture, I stirred in some diced avocado. And to bring everything together, I drizzled with zippy Caesar dressing and a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan.
The resulting pasta salad? Flavorful. Mouthwatering. Addictive.
My 9-year-old can actually attest to how addictive this BLT Caesar Pasta Salad with Avocado is. That’s because when we had it for dinner that night, he had not one, not two, but three big bowls of pasta salad. And then the next day for lunch, he asked if there were any leftovers and then polished off the rest. Little stinker got to it before I could.
But that’s okay. Because the next chance I get, I’ll be making this BLT Caesar Pasta Salad with Avocado again. We already know that it’s great as a quick, not-too-heavy lunch or dinner. It would also be the perfect side dish addition to a summer get-together or barbecue. Make it in a flash and watch it disappear! Because isn’t that the best kind of recipe for these lazy, hazy days of summer? 😉
BLT Caesar Pasta Salad with Avocado Recipe
BLT Caesar Pasta Salad with Avocado
- 8 ounces pasta, cooked per package directions in salted water & drained
- 1 pound bacon, cooked until crispy, drained, and diced
- 8 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered (depending on size)
- 8 ounces Caesar salad dressing, homemade or store-bought
- 1 large, ripe avocado, cubed
- Chopped hearts of romaine, for serving
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving, optional
- In a large bowl, combine the pasta, bacon, tomatoes, and Caesar dressing; mix until well-combined. Gently stir in the cubed avocado. Serve immediately by placing chopped romaine lettuce on a plate and then topping with pasta salad. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan, if desired.
- You may use your favorite shape of pasta in this recipe, such as bowtie (farfalle), corkscrew (fusilli), or macaroni, although I would recommend sticking with a pasta that's not too large and not too small. I happened to find trottole at my grocery store, which I thought was a fun and different shape for this pasta salad.
- This is a good pasta salad to prepare and serve immediately, so that the pasta and bacon are still slightly warm in contrast to the cool tomatoes, avocado, and lettuce. Alternatively, you may combine the pasta, bacon, tomatoes, and dressing ahead of time and refrigerate. Then just before serving, mix in the avocado and, if needed, a bit of additional Caesar dressing (to compensate for the dressing that gets absorbed while chilling).
More Scrumptious Pasta Salads
- Fiesta Pasta Salad
- Tortellini Pasta Salad
- Caprese Orzo Salad
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