Creamy Bacon Tomato and Avocado Pasta Salad

Folks today I would like to share with you what is sure to be my go-to pasta salad this summer for all the pot-lucks, BBQs and patio dinners that are sure to come up. With this recipe I challenge you to forget the box; forget the pre-made stuff at your deli grocer. You aren’t going to want it after you give this a try. Just think, creamy refreshing lemon dill dressing coats perfect pasta, creamy avocados, sweet tomatoes and crispy bacon. It’s like summer in a bowl.


I actually got the idea for this salad from one of my favorite sandwiches: Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado. Sure the traditional BLT is great, but add some avocado and I’ll love you for life. What can I say? Avocado just does that to me. But enough about my slightly odd obsession with one of California’s greatest exports aside from Mickey Mouse, let’s get back to this salad. It really is quick; you just need to let the flavors mingle for about 30 minutes or so. If you want to make it a little more in advance, my advice is to add the avocado about 30 minutes before serving. You don’t want it to start to turn brown.

The Recipe

  • Serves 4
  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped into one inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound dried rotini pasta
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 avocado pitted and sliced

Instructions:

  1. Cook bacon until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Strain. Run cold water over the top until the pasta is cooled.
  3. While your bacon and pasta are cooking, whisk mayonnaise, lemon, salt, garlic powder, pepper and dill together in a bowl.
  4. Stir cooled pasta, cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado and reserved bacon into the dressing. Toss to combine. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve.

Enjoy!

  • sam

    mcdonalds!

  • http://jennsfoodjourney.blogspot.com Jenn’s Food Journey

    How can you go wrong with bacon and avocado?? I can’t wait to try this!

  • baconator

    Cook 2 pounds of bacon: One to eat while prepping ingredients, the other to use in recipe!

  • judy

    recipe looks divine. i think i’ll try it with turkey bacon (and perhaps some light sour cream in place of some of the mayo). to keep the avocados from turning brown you could dice them and toss them in some of the lemon juice in the recipe before adding to the salad. the acid will help prevent the oxidation of the avocado.

  • Jan

    Just finished tossing this together. Once I tasted it, waiting for my love to come in from mowing the lawn to join me was no longer an option. Oh, Sweet Mother of all that is tasty! This is SO GOOD! I am a dill junkie so I went heavy on that (and used fresh baby dill). I did go with turkey bacon (as mentioned in another comment) and it works.

    Thank goodness for StumbleUpon!!!

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    I hope you enjoy it Jen! Baconator- I like your thinking! Judy, thank you for the tip about the avocados! Jan- I’m glad to hear that you liked it! Hopefully you saved some for your love ;-)

  • http://www.greensnchocolate.blogspot.com Taylor

    Now I know what to bring to the BBQ I’m going to tonight :) Yum!

  • http://delightfulbitefuls.blogspot.com/ Mary

    This has been bookmarked! YUM! Wow… love everything in and about this salad!

    xxMK
    Delightful Bitefuls

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin (Closet Cooking)

    The creamy avocado, juicy tomatoes and salty bacon would make for a great combo!

  • avoville

    Thanks for the yummies, you should try it with really good avo’s like we get here in Hawaii… smoother, richer, and sweeter than any of california’s baby Haas avo’s

  • http://www.abloggablelife.com Sandie {A Bloggable Life}

    Yum! This caught my eye on Foodgawker. Can’t wait to make it—it just screams, “Summer!” :)

  • Ashley M

    I substituted the bacon for tempeh bacon ”fak’n bac’n” and the mayo for vegenaise!
    Luckily none of my friends eat vegan/vegetarian, so I can have it all to myself! jk, they’ve tried it and enjoyed it!

  • GSmooth

    First of all who in the heck….. if they are going to a BBQ, potluck,or having one, makes a HALF pound of macaroni salad.???? ONE pound for a SMALL get together, (4-6) anything over that is 2 lbs easy. Double the macaroni, make it a pound of bacon and triple the mayo……..NOW your cookin.! Skip the dill, double the GP and add = amt onion powder!!!!

  • http://therandomramblingsofaworkingmom.blogspot.com/ Kim

    I make something similar but I also add feta cheese and a bottled creamy greek feta dressing instead of mayo. Now I am craving this at 11pm at night and I have none of the ingrediets!

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  • Laura

    I have made this multiple times, but I also added a 1/ cup of diced oven roasted chicken… It has been a hit every time!! Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe! My extended family now won’t stop begging for me to make it again, hahaha

  • Laura

    I have made this multiple times, but I also added a 1/2 cup of diced oven roasted chicken… It has been a hit every time!! Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe! My extended family now won’t stop begging for me to make it again, hahaha

  • http://www.chewonthatblog.com Sophia

    Awesome pasta salad! I just made one the other day, and blogged about it too! I used this recipe for Rotini Pasta Salad It was so delicious!

  • LAUREN

    I HAVE SEEN A LOT OF PASTA RECIPES, PERHAPS HUNDREDS , BUT THIS ONE REALLY TAKES THE CAKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN’T WAIT TO MAKE IT !!!!!!!!!

  • Diane

    Okay, I just made this and it is so delicious, I want to eat the whole bowl!!

    I have bookmarked your blog along with several of your scrumptious looking recipes!!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    Have a wonderful day!!
    Diane~

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  • Julie G

    Just one look, and now I have to reconsider not buying bacon anymore… thanks for yet another inspiring recipe.

  • http://myfabulousrecipes.com Sook

    Wow.. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Pinned it to my Pinterest! :)

  • Tali

    I rarely comment when I make a recipe from a blog but I had to with this one. Saw it on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to try it. This is a seriously amazing salad. I made it for myself tonight thinking I’d have it all to myself. To my horror my children love it. :) I used garlic salt instead of garlic powder as I was out, and I did increase the dressing a little. Otherwise, followed to a T. Really, really awesome.

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  • Kari

    Wow, I made this yesterday and i absolutely loved it. It was SO TASTY!! My husband loved it as well. I just regret that I didn’t double the recipe so I could still have some for today. I used fresh chopped chives instead of dill, because it was what I had in hand, and it worked really good. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Brenda

    This could get me in trouble! What’s not to like? Saw this on Pinterest and will definitely repin. Thanks!

  • Lynna

    Very delicious, but I felt it had way too much dill. Next time I will use about 1/4 tsp of dried dill or 1 tps of fresh, not 1 tsp of dried dill because that much way over powered the recipe.

  • http://beginsatsundown.wordpress.com/ Theresa

    I cannot wait to make this! Thank you for sharing.

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  • Shanon

    I make something similar to this. In addition to the original ingredients I usually add broccoli floweretts and use Polish Kielbasa instead of bacon. It’s always a hit. My teenager takes this to school for a cold lunch and almost never gets to eat it all because her friends keep snagging it.

  • Julie R.

    GREAT. easy. enjoyed.

  • leah

    how much does this make I’m looking to make for a family of 8

  • Renee

    I made this last year for my group’s party and not a drop was left. It is absolutely to die for!! The most delicious pasta salad I’ve ever eaten.

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  • http://302IslandAvenue#210 Spikeygrrl

    I made this yesterday using new red potatoes instead of the pasta, and adding a splash of red wine vinegar. YUMMY!

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  • Elena

    Making this tonight for dinner. :) Sounds delicious!

  • Leah

    Made this on the weekend and I thought it was great but a little too lemony for everyone. Will add half lemon juiced and that should be good.

  • Shannon

    Didnt have any mayo so I used plain greek yogurt- i will never make this recipe with mayonnaise because the greek yogurt was just too tasty!

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  • Tara

    I pinned this a while back and am finally going to make it. I am sure my step-son’s vasity football team will enjoy this with their team lunch this Friday!!!

  • Alisha

    I made this a while back. I had avocado that I needed to use before it went bad and I had some leftover rotisserie chicken. So when I saw this recipe I knew I needed to try it out. I didn’t have any dill and we don’t like tomatoes so that got left out. Def try putting in some rotisserie chicken. It was amazing. I made a double recipe and it got scarfed up. I still have people asking me for the recipe.

  • Linda

    This beats the box stuff hands down

  • judith

    yummmiiieee, perfect sider for a bbq, i even added mushrroms to it too, an it was divine.

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  • Jonni Gonzales

    The best pasta salad I have ever had. Thanks!

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  • http://Www.incaslin.com Linda

    This recipe is so great, so simple, and so summery how can you go wrong! Loved it:)

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much Linda!

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