Fresh & Easy BLT Pasta Salad (No Mayo)

Fresh & Easy BLT Pasta Salad (No Mayo)

A while back I needed to bring a pasta salad for a Monday night barbecue to celebrate a dear friend’s seventieth birthday. Since it was a busy day, I wanted an easy recipe.

I am not a fan of mayonnaise, so I created this ⭐️BLT pasta salad recipe.  If you add bacon to pasta salad, nobody misses the mayo!

There were only scraps left in the serving bowl, so I would call this recipe a success!

This ⭐️no mayo pasta salad is not only easy, but it is “fresh” since it uses raw vegetables.  The lemon zest and the lemon juice, along with the rosemary, certainly brighten up the flavor of the store-bought Italian salad dressing.

You can cook the pasta and bacon ahead of time, and then assemble the salad right before serving.

Since my store was out of the Romaine lettuce, I used green leaf.  You can use your favorite variety of leaf lettuce.

For the tomatoes, use grape or cherry (garden fresh would be delicious).  I left the tomatoes whole, but feel free to half them if you prefer.

A simple toss of all ingredients together combines the flavors beautifully. Serve as a side dish or a light meal. You could even slice a chicken breast on top for an easy dinner.

blt pasta salad recipe - no mayo

Fresh & Easy BLT Pasta Salad (No Mayo)

This BLT pasta salad recipe is mayo-free.  If you add bacon to pasta salad, nobody misses the mayo! It's so fresh and tasty - perfect for a potluck!!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta, Salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 204


  • 8 oz. pasta I used Private Selection Cavatappi from Kroger
  • 6 slices thick bacon cooked & roughly chopped
  • 3 cups green leaf lettuce roughly chopped or torn
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup Ken’s Simply Italian salad dressing or your favorite bottled Italian dressing
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary crushed
  • black pepper ground, to taste


  • Cook pasta as instructed on package.  Drain.
  • Stir lemon zest, lemon juice, rosemary, and pepper into salad dressing.
  • Transfer pasta to large bowl.
  • Stir in dressing to coat pasta.
  • Add lettuce, tomatoes, and bacon.
Nutrition Facts
Fresh & Easy BLT Pasta Salad (No Mayo)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 213mg9%
Potassium 180mg5%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1175IU24%
Vitamin C 4.2mg5%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

blt pasta salad recipe - no mayo

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