I had intended to get this pasta salad posted last week, but unfortunately we had to go out of town for a funeral. It was 1,200 miles round trip and we did it in 3 days. I still haven't recovered completely and I'm not sure I will ever catch up on the sleep I missed. We are back though and I am desperately trying to get caught up on all the things that I let slide last week.
Get-togethers, not unlike the funeral we had to go to, are a fact of life and they all have one thing in common. Food. In the summer they seem to multiply into so many gatherings, you may never have to cook again. They only real problem is finding something you like. I've been to too many gatherings full of foods that my family wouldn't touch.
I learned long ago that the trick to potluck style gatherings is to always take something you love that you wouldn't mind making a meal out of if necessary. This pasta salad is one of those things. We LOVE this salad and in fact others love it just as much and we are frequently asked to bring it as our dish to pass.
I mean really, what's not to love. It's got all the best parts of a BLT in a portable package.
BLT Pasta Salad
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
3 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
3 cups cooked elbow macaroni (or any other shape you might have in the cupboard)
1/2 cup chopped seeded tomato
2 chopped green onions
3 cups shredded lettuce
6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
In a large bowl, combine the mayo, ketchup, lemon juice and sugar. Add the macaroni, tomatoes and onions; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, add lettuce and bacon; toss to coat.
When taking this someplace, I bring the bacon and lettuce in ziplock bags to add just before we eat.
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