This is a slightly healthier version of a BLT pasta salad. The quinoa pasta adds protein and is a healthier choice. A pound of cooked and drained bacon can be substituted for the real bacon bits for special occasions or if unconcerned about the fat grams!



Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in shells and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 6 minutes. Drain. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until cool, about 20 minutes.

  • Combine creamy salad dressing and bacon ranch dressing in a large bowl. Mix in cooled pasta, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, green onions, and bacon bits. Refrigerate until serving.

Nutrition Facts

374 calories; 20.7 g total fat; 20 mg cholesterol; 781 mg sodium. 35.4 g carbohydrates; 11.4 g protein; Full Nutrition