Tuesday, June 7, 2011

BLT Pasta Salad and a Giveaway!

Our barbequing has been kicked into overdrive the past two weeks. Temperatures are soaring and no way am I standing in a hot kitchen over a boiling pot of anything! I do not enjoy sweating. Thank the good people at Napoleon that our grill has a side burner, it allows me to make this amazing pasta salad outside and not turn my kitchen into a sauna.

I can't wait to take this salad to a picnic or barbeque at someone else's house, I mean, who doesn't love bacon? It'll be the most popular salad on the buffet table! This salad is also great for quick lunches and if you add some grilled chicken  you've got an easy, and totally yummy dinner salad.

I don't recommend adding the lettuce until you're ready to eat as it'll get soggy and you lose the great crunch factor of a nice head of iceburg lettuce.

BLT Pasta Salad adapted from Betty Crocker's "it's Summer" 2010

8 strips bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
4 c cooked rotini
1 1/2 c grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 head iceburg lettuce, thinly sliced
1/2 c mayonnaise
1/2 c ranch dressing
fresh cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp seasoned salt


1. Cook your pasta to al denté in salted water and rinse lightly.
2. Cook your bacon until crispy and chop into 1/2" pieces.
3. Mix the mayonnaise, ranch dressing, salt and pepper together.
4. Combine the pasta, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and dressing in a large bowl mixing to coat the salad evenly.
5. Garnish with chopped chives and keep chilled until ready to serve.

Print this recipe 

And now for a fantastic Summer Giveaway from my good friends at General Mills Canada!

Planning on hosting a Barbeque or picnic this summer? Or do you just like to grill for your family? Either way you're gonna love this Summer Prize Pack from General Mills!

Prize Pack Contains:
Barbecue Utensil Set
Paper Plates
Colourful Napkins
General Mills goodies from:
    Old El Paso
    Cheerios (including NEW Chocolate Cheerios!)
    Fibre 1
    Betty Crocker
    Nature Valley

Here are the rules:

All you have to do is head over to http://www.lifemadedelicious.ca/ and then come back here and tell me what your favourite LMD summer recipe is!

Contest is open to Canadian Residents only (We have a crazy postal strike and food items can't be shipped internationally).

Please include a way to reach you if you win (link to blog or website, email address, etc...).

A winner will be picked on July 7th. Good luck and happy Barbequing!


please see my disclosure page for information on my Life Made Delicious Partnership.


  1. I've never cooked corn on the cob any other way that boiling in a pot of water. The grilled corn on the cob with herb butter from LMD looks super yummy! We are going to try that this weekend!

  2. Mmm, this sounds so good! BLT anything sounds good to me ... I have a BLT soup recipe that I love in the winter, and this just might be my summer BLT alternative! Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Mmm, this sounds so good! BLT anything sounds good to me ... I have a
    BLT soup recipe that I love in the winter, and this just might be my
    summer BLT alternative! Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. This salad looks YUMMY!
    So does the Portobello Mushrooms with Corn Salsa. I'll have to give both a try some time this summer!

  5. Ooooo, BLT soups sounds awesome!

  6. me neither actually! I want to try that one too!

  7. i LOVED the looks of the Layered Bean Dip!

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  8. The sundried tomoato pesto looks delicious!!!!

  9. green chili burgers

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  10. I would like to try  the Grilled Barbecue Chicken Pizza recipe


  11. I would like to try the grilled chili pork tenderloin with pineapple. karasceviour at hotmail dot com

  12. The garden fresh green onion cakes. I used to eat them as a kid.

  13. My Fave would be the pink lemonade pie.  Yum. sounds so good!

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