BLT Pasta Salad is a flavorful Salad consisting of peppery arugula, corkscrew pasta, thick, crisp bacon, sweet, delicious organic yellow cocktail tomatoes, and tiny grape tomatoes, with red onion and an excellent ranch dressing that will amaze your taste buds.

Springtime is a beautiful time to start digging into our salad greens and showing off our salad creativity. I happened to be in Wholefoods Market a few years back and bought their version of BLT Pasta Salad. I have to tell you I was hooked line and sinker. I decided I was making this salad–even better.


BLT Pasta SaladWe all know I love Ranch Dressing, and of course. I adore BLT Sandwiches, so this salad would be perfect for my family picnics, work pot-luck, you name it. I was owning this salad and making it mine ASAP.

When I got home that day, I decided I would like the BLT Pasta Salad so much better if I cut out the Romaine lettuce, switched out the heirloom red tomatoes for tiny grape tomatoes and sweet yellow cocktail tomatoes to start… I wasn’t sure I wanted to delve into recreating the dressing. After all, I make one mean Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. Why not put it to good use?



BLT Pasta Salad




What you will need to make the BLT Pasta Salad

  • Eight ounces of corkscrew pasta, al dente

  • 6-8 slices of thick-sliced deli-style bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped

  • One Buttermilk Ranch Recipe

  • Four lightly packed cups of organic arugula

  • Eight yellow organic cocktail tomatoes halved

  • One cup of organic grape tomatoes

  • 1/2 red salad onion diced

  • A pinch of kosher salt

  • freshly ground pepper



Tips for the BLT Pasta Salad

  1. Be sure to salt the pasta water- about one tablespoon is sufficient.

  2. Ensure the salted pot of water is at a full boil before adding the pasta.

  3. Be sure not to overcook the pasta. Follow the package directions for al dente pasta.

  4. If you have an air fryer use it for cooking the bacon- it turns out perfect.

  5. If you can’t find yellow cocktail tomatoes sub with red cherry tomatoes.

  6. Be sure to use a red onion versus other onions for the best flavor.



BLT Pasta Salad


Heidy McCallum
BLT Pasta Salad is a wonderful Salad consisting of peppery arugula, corkscrew pasta, thick crisp bacon, sweet, delicious organic yellow cocktail tomatoes, and tiny grape tomatoes, with red onion and a cool ranch dressing
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Total Time 27 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 8 People
Calories 146 kcal


  • 8 ounces corkscrew pasta al dente
  • 6-8 slices deli-style bacon thick sliced -cooked until crisp and chopped
  • 1 Buttermilk Ranch Recipe see link on blog
  • 4 cups organic arugula
  • 8 yellow cocktail tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • ½ red salad onion diced
  • A pinch of kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Follow the directions on the back of pasta package, using the al dente method. Once the pasta is done the cooking, drain and rinse the pasta in cold water.
  • Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp, one cool to the touch chop bacon and reserve.
  • Be sure all produce has been properly cleaned.
  • Slice yellow cocktail tomatoes in halves, dice the red salad onion.
  • Place drained pasta in a large bowl, add (see blog for recipe link) Buttermilk Ranch Dressing a little at a time- about ⅔ of a cup or to your taste. Toss the pasta to coat evenly. Add arugula, tomatoes, the diced red onion, a pinch of salt, and freshly ground pepper. Toss salad thoroughly to combine.
  • Serve immediately with extra dressing on the side.


Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and how ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Under no circumstances will be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from your reliance on nutritional information.


Serving: 01Calories: 146kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 6gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 112mgPotassium: 222mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 478IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bacon, lettuce, pasta, Ranch, tomato
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  1. 5 stars
    fantastic recipe, my kids loved it so much I’ve made it twice now. The ranch dressing is also fabulous I just cant get enough of this flavorful pasta, especially with a backyard barbecue side dish, it’s a winner!

  2. 5 stars
    What a great recipe! All my favorite BLT sandwich flavors incorporated in a tasty pasta salad! Love how colorful it is, and of course who can resist BACON? Another winner from McCallum’s Shamrock Patch!

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