Sunday, July 19, 2009

BLT Salad

So I'm in the mode of sharing some of my favorite recipes from friends, so here's another. I have a love/hate relationship with Elissa's BLT Salad. I love to eat it, and hate how much of it I end up eating. But what's not to love about bacon and pasta together?

It's one of those recipes that is a part of great memories. I still remember eating several bowls of it with the breeze blowing off the lake with great friends. Again at a graduation party and then tonight's birthday party... perfect for summer. The picture does not even begin to do this one justice. Sorry it was a quick pic at a party. This makes a large salad, great for a party.

BLT Salad Recipe:

8 oz Pasta (you pick the shape)
1 lb Bacon, diced
2 Tomatoes, diced
2 c Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 head Iceberg Lettuce (or more if you like)
3/4 c Italian Dressing
1/2 c Mayo
  1. Cook pasta acording to package directions. You want it al dente (firm). Cool
  2. Meanwhile chop bacon into small pieces and saute until crisp but flexible. Drain and cool.
  3. Wisk together dressing and mayo and add to pasta, tomatoes and bacon. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
  4. Add lettuce and cheese just prior to serving.
Add 1/2 c chopped onion
Add 1/2 c chopped red pepper

TOTAL COST: $.5.25
Bacon $2.50 (Meijer)
Lettuce $1.00 (Aldi's or Meijer)
Tomato $.50 (Aldi's or Meijer)
Cheese $.75 (Costco)
Mayo $.25 (Aldi's)
Dressing $.25 (Aldi's)

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