Like BLTs? Here’s a BLT Pasta Salad. Photo
“Everyone needs a good pasta salad recipe for the summer,” says QVC chef David Venable. Here’s a fun pasta salad: a BLT Pasta Salad with Arugula, Bacon & Feta Cheese.
It deconstructs a BLT sandwich, using baby arugula for the lettuce and adding cheese and chicken so it has the protein to serve as a luncheon or dinner salad.
But, you can leave out the cheese and chicken and serve it as a side salad.
David advises, “If you want to serve it as a side salad, this recipe is a flavor-packed side dish that would pair perfectly with anything from ribs to grilled salmon.”
Add optional croutons for a fully deconstructed BLT sandwich.
RECIPE: BLT PASTA SALAD
Ingredients For 6 Servings
1. COOK the pasta according to the package directions. Drain well.
2. TRANSFER the pasta to a large serving bowl. Add the bacon, green onions, cherry tomatoes, and arugula to the warm pasta. Add feta cheese and optional chicken and toss.
3. WHISK together the balsamic vinegar, lemon rind and mustard in a small bowl. Gradually add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until blended. Whisk in the salt and pepper, to taste.
4. POUR the vinaigrette into the pasta salad and toss until well coated. Serve warm.
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