Friday, June 29, 2012

BLT and Avocado Pasta Salad

I love my fellow bloggers.  Found this tasty recipe over at Greens and Chocolate - a blog that you must visit as Taylor always has great recipes.  I am always wanting a new summer salad for our grilling nights.  This BLT and Avocado Pasta Salad was a great new find.   Also, a few other great summer salads to try - Craisin Salad, Summer Chicken Salad,  Oriental Cabbage Salad and the Easy Living Salad.  Enjoy!

BLT and Avocado Pasta Salad

12 oz penne pasta (or other favorite pasta)
6 slices bacon
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
1 avocado, diced
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
1 tsp tried parsley
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Cook pasta according to direction for al dente pasta.  Meanwhile, cook bacon as you would like.  Set aside and let cool.  In small bowl, combine mayo, yogurt, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil, salt and pepper.  Mix well - set aside.  In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, spinach and bacon.  Once pasta is cone cooking ,drain and pour over vegetables and bacon to slightly wilt spinach.  Toss with dressing and avocado.  Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.  Serve Cold.

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