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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.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Blaine Moats

Recipe Summary

25 mins
12 cups


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; fat 32g; cholesterol 57mg; saturated fat 11g; carbohydrates 48g; mono fat 9g; poly fat 10g; insoluble fiber 3g; sugars 4g; protein 19g; vitamin a 2905.8IU; vitamin c 9.2mg; thiamin 0.6mg; riboflavin 0.4mg; niacin equivalents 6.1mg; vitamin b6 0.3mg; folate 183.6mcg; vitamin b12 0.5mcg; sodium 525mg; potassium 442mg; calcium 196mg; iron 2.5mg.