Nothing screams summer quite like this pasta salad recipe. We took the popular potluck favorite, creamy pasta salad, and tossed in bacon, lettuce, and tomato to liven it up even more for the season.

Anna Kovel
Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain and cool.

  • Meanwhile, in a 12-inch skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tsp. drippings in skillet. Coarsely chop bacon. Add garlic to reserved drippings. Cook and stir 1 minute or until golden and fragrant.

  • For dressing, in an extra-large bowl combine sour cream, mayonnaise, chives, vinegar, milk, pepper, and garlic.

  • Add pasta, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese to dressing; toss to coat. If needed, stir in additional milk to reach desired creaminess. If desired, sprinkle with additional chives.

To Make Ahead

Transfer dressing to a small airtight container. In a large airtight container combine pasta, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. Store in refrigerator up to 24 hours. To serve, combine salad ingredients and dressing as directed.

Nutrition Facts

558 calories; 32 g total fat; 11 g saturated fat; 10 g polyunsaturated fat; 9 g monounsaturated fat; 57 mg cholesterol; 525 mg sodium. 442 mg potassium; 48 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 19 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 2906 IU vitamin a; 9 mg vitamin c; 1 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 6 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 184 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 196 mg calcium; 3 mg iron;