Pasta Bacon salad is brimming with bacon, olives, tomatoes and peppers. Kidney beans add low-fat protein and color. All in a yummy ranch dressing. Add your own embellishments for a premium summer salad!
Our greenhouse is loaded with peppers and tomatoes right now. We absolutely love the fresh vine ripened flavor! Nothing better than seeing their cheerful colors pop up in a cold pasta salad on a hot summer day!
This pasta salad recipe allows me to use a lot peppers and tomatoes, and still taste a wonderful smorgasbord of flavors. The bacon, ranch dressing, pasta blend, provide a good base for many varied ingredients. We have three varieties of peppers ripe right now so all of our meals lately pop with greenhouse color and flavor.
Our Krimson Lee peppers. Sweet peppers but a bit hot when seeded. They are fantastic salad additions! Harvest time is busy around here. A large pasta salad like this one is easy to hold in the fridge for several days for a quick bite of sustaining carbs and healthy fresh veggies when I don’t have time to fool with lunch.
Spooning up a bowl of this salad and enjoying the flavors, texture and actual real food nutrition is as Easy as grabbing a snack bar. And much more satisfying. We don’t eat a lot of snack bars anymore. Saves us money and reduces the garbage too.
Eat real homemade food like this Pasta bacon salad. So yum!
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We are growing our first greenhouse crops this year. We rejoice in the beautiful produce it’s giving us. We have loved learning about growing organically in our greenhouse this summer. We sit in our greenhouse and gaze at the bright colors surrounding us while we discuss ‘greenhouse things’. Right now is the high harvest for peppers and tomatoes.
If you’re thinking about putting up a greenhouse, look at our greenhouse page here. We share our experiences in the garden as well. Take a look and share with us your gardening experiences. We’d love to hear from you! In the meantime… enjoy this recipe.
Pasta Bacon Salad Recipe:
This salad is very filling and will hold several days in the fridge. Make it for lunch or a heavy side with a light entre. It’s also very popular at parties.
Bacon, olives and the ranch style dressing add flavor and texture to the cute bow tie pasta. The tomatoes are wonderful pops of color and the peppers (any kind you like in all sorts of colors) make this a festive harvest dish with a satisfying crunch from the peppers.
Suggested Add ins include: sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds
This recipe is adapted from Allrecipes.com