BLT Pasta Salad

Inspired by the classic sandwich, this BLT Pasta Salad has only 6 ingredients, and they will all rock your lunch box! The perfect side dish for parties, too!

Looking for something fun and interesting for your lunch box? Your next summer barbecue? Saturday night?

Look no further, my friend! This BLT Pasta Salad is as equal parts delicious and easy: A classic sandwich turned into a creamy side dish. BLT + Pasta Salad = Winner.

Inspired by the classic sandwich, this BLT Pasta Salad has only 6 ingredients, and they will all rock your lunch box! The perfect side dish for parties, too!

Instead of lettuce which would not hold up in a mayonnaise dressing, I substituted frozen peas.  Easy peasy!  Small shells are a great pasta for kids while halved grapes tomatoes look pretty and add sweetness.

I made a very simple dressing with  mayonnaise and red wine vinegar.  Last, I stirred in some crumbled bacon because of its delightful salty flavor.  The bacon really brings the whole pasta salad together.


In addition to being a fun lunchbox option, this BLT Pasta Salad is a great side dish for parties or backyard barbecues.  It’s a little different from the usual macaroni salad you always see but still has a lot of familiar flavors.  Did I mention there’s bacon?

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Inspired by the classic sandwich, this BLT Pasta Salad has only 6 ingredients, and they will all rock your lunch box! The perfect side dish for parties, too!
5 from 5 votes

BLT Pasta Salad

Inspired by the classic sandwich, this BLT Pasta Salad has only 6 ingredients, and they will all rock your lunch box! The perfect side dish for parties, too!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 486 kcal


  • 1 pound mini shells or other small pasta
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup frozen peas thawed
  • 4 ounces bacon fried, drained, and crumbled


  1. Bring 4 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Drain and rinse pasta under cold water until cool. Shake out any excess water.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise and red wine vinegar. In a large bowl, toss together pasta, tomatoes, peas, and bacon. Stir in mayonnaise dressing until thoroughly combined.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper. TASTE for seasoning. If you don't season with sufficiently, this dish might taste bland.

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  1. This looks amazing! My kids would love this in their lunch box- if there was any left after I ate it :)

    • Thank you, Lisa! And you say that like you are joking, but I actually DID eat it all. I couldn’t stop myself! ;) No willpower left on a Friday afternoon.

  2. Thanks for the great dish!!! My wife and I loved it. Great website!! Keep up the good work!

  3. Making this tonight.  Looks and sounds amazing!

  4. This recipe looks yummy. Can I make this a day ahead?

    • Hi Yvette, I have definitely made this a day ahead. I would just say check the pasta to make sure it isn’t too dry, and if it seems that way, add a little more dressing. I actually think it’s better if it sits overnight and the noodles soak up the dressing. Good luck!

  5. good except I doubled veggies and dressing. hate dry dressing. kept some separate to put on just before serving. will make again

    • Doubling the veggies is a great move, Laverne. Glad this recipe worked out for you! Thank you for letting me know! :)

  6. I have made this salad for a work potluck and a 4th of July BBQ. It was a hit at each event… family demanded a sample each time I made it. For the record, I am not a mayo fan, but I followed the recipe and it was heavenly. Letting it sit overnight gives the ingredients a perfect chance to do their magic, and it wasn’t dry at all. Thank you, Meggan.

    • You are so sweet! I have such fond memories of us eating this salad on my patio that one day during your lunch break. It was insanely hot, my kids were nuts, and then we finally got to EAT all the food I had made. So fun. :) I’m glad your friends and family liked this pasta salad. It is one of my favorites, and so easy! xxo

  7. I’m going to make this as a side dish for our Friday Night Dance Club event here in Orange Park Florida. It looks great. David

    • Thanks, David! I hope you love it. This is one of my favorite recipes to make and devour. I checked out the weather in Orange Park and it looks like you are having a pretty nice day so far. And Friday Night Dance Club? Sounds epic! I used to host a dance party in my basement when I lived in Wisconsin. Sadly LA has no basements. I also fixed the typo too. ;) Take care!

  8. My sister and I made this for our family supper tonight. We found it very bland and not one person cared for it. Not sure why comments say it was so good they ate the whole bowl full. Will definately not make again. Definately lacking flavor.

    • Hi Wanda, sorry to hear that. It needs SALT to avoid the blandness. If it’s not salted enough, it definitely doesn’t taste very good. I will go back and check my recipe and make sure I am recommending enough salt. I have “Season to taste with salt and pepper” which isn’t very specific. You’d have to taste it before serving it because if you didn’t add salt, no one is going to like it. You might think with bacon in there, it runs the risk of being overly salty. But that’s really not the case. Sorry for the bust!

  9. Can to make the night before and toss bacon at the last minute?

    • Hey Davenda, I would keep everything separate if you prepare it the night before. I think the pasta salad would dry out a lot overnight and you’d end up just making double the dressing. So, that would be my recommendation. But you can boil the pasta, chop the vegetables, prep the bacon, etc. and even whisk the dressing together. I’d just keep it all separate until serving time. I hope this helps. Thank you!

  10. How can you have BLT without the Lettuce?  Wouldn’t it be just “BT”?

    • You are right. It’s more of a concept thing… I substituted peas for the lettuce because lettuce would get soggy and peas do not. But if I called it BPT Pasta Salad people would be completely confused. But clearly it’s still confusing. :)

  11. Magnificent web site. Lots of useful info here.

    I’m sending it to several friends ans additionally sharing in delicious.
    And obviously, thank you on your effort!

  12. Oh wow this looks fabulous!! I’m always looking for new takes on classics, and this sounds perfect. My husband would just love it! Thanks!!!

  13. Is your site/blog still current? I’m not seeing any 2018 posts….??

    • Hi Lori, if you go to the home page you should see LOADS of current posts. I publish new posts 3x-5x per week. Just go to and you’ll see what I mean. I put up 5 new posts, just this week. Sorry for the confusion!

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