Bacon, Tomato Pasta Salad with Avocado Dressing {Recipe}

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Think traditional pasta salad is boring and you would never bring one to a BBQ or potluck–think again!  My Bacon, Tomato Pasta Salad with Avocado Dressing has tons of flavour and the dressing has avocados, lime and cilantro which give it an unexpected and fun kick!  Bring this to your next function and I bet you will get asked for the recipe!

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HOMEGROWN TOMATOES + AVOCADO DRESSING = AMAZING FLAVOUR!!

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Yield: Large salad serves 8-10

Bacon, Tomato Pasta Salad with Avocado Dressing

Bacon, Tomato Pasta Salad with Avocado Dressing


A creamy pasta salad with a flavourful avocado dressing with notes of lime, cilantro and cumin. Bring this to your next potluck and wait for the compliments to roll in! If you have any leftovers they will keep nicely for two days so they are perfect for work lunches.

Ingredients

  • 375 gram package of fusilli or rotini
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup black olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked, crisp bacon, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup green onion, sliced thinly
  • 2-3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

DRESSING

  • 2 medium, ripe avocado
  • 1 fresh lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Epicure Guacamole Seasoning OR 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup buttermilk (don’t have buttermilk–follow this tip to make your own)
  • salt to taste

Instructions

To make dressing

Process all dressing ingredients in a blender until smooth.

To make Salad

Cook pasta according to directions on the box. Drain and run under cold water.

Combine all ingredients with the dressing in a large bowl. Refrigerate 1-2 hours to let the flavours develop.

Store leftovers refrigerated up to two days.

ENJOY!

 

Looking for another amazing summer salad to bring to a potluck–try my Watermelon Feta Salad (on my blog Frugalista Mamas).

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26 responses to “Bacon, Tomato Pasta Salad with Avocado Dressing {Recipe}”

  1. Diana S — August 25, 2015 @ 2:40 pm (#)

    Yummy! Thanks for posting!

  2. Laurie P — August 25, 2015 @ 4:13 pm (#)

    Avocado dressing???? YUMMY! Gotta try this!

  3. loriag — August 25, 2015 @ 4:47 pm (#)

    This salad sounds very good. I love most of those ingredients.

  4. mrdisco — August 25, 2015 @ 5:16 pm (#)

    this looks delicious

  5. Julie — August 26, 2015 @ 9:32 am (#)

    This looks delicious, looking forward to trying it!

  6. Anna — August 26, 2015 @ 1:27 pm (#)

    These are all my favourite ingredients in one dish, looks so good.

  7. Melinda L. — August 31, 2015 @ 10:51 am (#)

    Sounds like a delicious dressing. We love making new dressings, will have to try this.

  8. Svitlana Rezai — September 20, 2015 @ 9:31 am (#)

    wow, love this salad

  9. kathy downey — September 21, 2015 @ 12:54 pm (#)

    I loved the salad but didnt care for the dressing

  10. Elizabeth Matthiesen — September 30, 2015 @ 4:12 pm (#)

    I’m one of the few who doesn’t like avocados so I’d have to use a different dressing but otherwise this sounds delicious. 🙂

  11. kathy downey — October 12, 2015 @ 12:20 pm (#)

    Hubby really enjoyed the dressing

  12. Vesper Meikle — October 31, 2015 @ 6:19 am (#)

    now that bacon has been deemed a very bad food I wonder what you can replace bacon with in these recipes

    • kathy downey — November 1, 2015 @ 5:54 am (#)

      Thats sad because Bacon is so delicious

  13. Mishelle — November 11, 2015 @ 8:15 am (#)

    This sounds delicious!! Think that’s lunch today!

    M

  14. Treen Goodwin — December 1, 2015 @ 9:13 am (#)

    yummy looks and sounds delish , thanks for sharing , a must try , i love salads 🙂

  15. kathy downey — February 8, 2016 @ 8:16 am (#)

    Yummy yummy…looking forward to trying it!

  16. Treen Goodwin — March 13, 2016 @ 10:51 am (#)

    looks and sounds delish , i will def be tryng it out , thanks for sharing 🙂 i love salads 🙂

  17. Dandi D — April 2, 2016 @ 12:54 pm (#)

    This looks so delicious and refreshing–I will have to try it soon!

  18. Tannis W — October 8, 2016 @ 8:59 pm (#)

    Looks yummy! And it has bacon in it, so it must be delicious!

  19. G K — October 28, 2016 @ 11:59 am (#)

    I love the use of avocado as a dressing. It’s healthy and super creamy.

  20. Wanda Tracey — December 6, 2016 @ 6:50 pm (#)

    I love this awesome refreshing salad and the dressing was amazing too! Thank you for this post.

  21. DebH — April 14, 2017 @ 1:05 pm (#)

    Will be making this for summer bbq’s!

  22. s powell — May 12, 2017 @ 7:55 am (#)

    This looks like an awesome salad would be easy to turn this one into vegan

  23. Erin N — December 10, 2017 @ 5:13 pm (#)

    Yummy! I love pasta salad. Thsnk you for sharing!

  24. Shirley P — July 22, 2019 @ 7:47 am (#)

    This salad looks so delicious I am going to try adding avocado to my next dressing

  25. Shirley O — December 3, 2019 @ 8:45 am (#)

    The Avocado Dressing sounds amazing. I like that the salad has bacon in it – so delicious.

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