Quick and Easy BLT Pasta Salad

Whether you take this quick and easy BLT pasta salad on a picnic, stuff it into a lunch box or take it to a potluck it will be a winner.

Portrait image of a BLT pasta salad using fusilli pasta served in a shallow white bowl

From A BLT Sandwich to Pasta Salad!

I was always too lazy to take lunch to work when I lived in the UK.

But if I was out picking up lunch to eat at my desk I would pick up one of two things, a BLT sandwich or a pasta salad.

This recipe combines those two things and it works incredibly well. It takes little to no time and everyone seems to love it.

This is not the first time I have used classic flavours from elsewhere in a pasta salad, I have a Nicoise pasta salad too!

I usually eat this recipe for lunch over a couple of days.

It is fine in the fridge for 3-5 days although it benefits from being eaten at room temperature rather than chilled.

Portrait close up image of a BLT pasta salad using fusilli pasta served in a shallow white bowl

Hot Sauce, Really?

Yup, you bet ya!

My love of a little bit, or a lot of heat in my food is well documented here.

I shifted to sweet chilli sauce on my bacon butties nearly 15 years ago!

A bit of sweet spiciness is the perfect contrast to the salty bacon. It also complements the sour edge that you get from mayonnaise.

It aint just this pasta salad though, I even add chilli sauce to my BLT sandwich too.

For this recipe I usually use sriracha sauce, but you should use something you like!

Portrait overhead image of a BLT pasta salad using fusilli pasta served in a shallow white bowl with text overlay

Recipe Hints and Tips.

As you can see from the video for this BLT Pasta Salad, it is stupidly simple to make.

But there are a few hints that can help make this recipe as good as it can be.

I’ll begin by giving a plug to my homemade mayonnaise recipe. It takes 10 minutes to make and tastes so much better than store bought!

If I am eating this over a couple of days, I set the lettuce aside and add it just before eating.

Leaving it in the pasta salad will lead to limp lettuce and no one like slimy limp lettuce in a BLT!

Next up you should choose your pasta wisely. You don’t want long pasta, it is a pain to eat on the fly.

You also do not want tubes, mayonnaise simply isn’t fluid enough to coat the inside.

You want something with plenty of surface area, I went with fusilli. The same pasta that I use in my smoked mackerel pasta.

But farfalle or conchiglie both work really well with this recipe.

Finally, make sure that you salt your pasta water well!

I use 1 tablespoon of salt to 4 litres of water as my benchmark.

BLT Pasta Salad Recipe

BLT Pasta Salad Recipe

Yield: 4 Servings
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This BLT Pasta Salad is a perfect Picnic dish as far as I am concerned and this bad boy is loaded with the flavours of a sandwich classic with a little spicy surprise.


  • 175 g Dried Pasta
  • 150 g Cherry Tomato
  • 125 g Smoked Bacon
  • 1 Baby Gem Lettuce Heart
  • 50 g Mayonnaise
  • 1-2 Tbsp Hot Sauce
  • Salt to Taste
  • Pepper to Taste


  1. Cook your pasta as per the instructions on the packet in lots of salty water.
  2. When the pasta is cooked drain and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Cut the bacon into 3mm wide strips.
  4. Cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters.
  5. Shred the lettuce.
  6. Heat a dry pan over a medium/high heat and cook the bacon until crispy.
  7. Add in the tomatoes and toss around for 1 minute.
  8. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 3-4 minutes.
  9. Mix together the mayonnaise and hot sauce.
  10. Add the pasta and stir, then add in the remaining ingredients and mix together.
  11. The final dish should be salty enough but I like to add lots of black pepper.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 943mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 14g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

24 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. I make a BLT pasta salad, too. I love your addition of chili!! Yum! (I have a Pinterest Board named Bacon IS a Food Group, lol)

  2. *note to self* add sriracha to next pasta salad, no matter what kind. :-p Hooray for simple summer recipes you can enjoy while out and about!

    • Hehe, I am to be honest not so overly impressed by Sriracha, it is a good chili sauce but after seeing all the hubbub on line about it I was expecting my world to be rocked… But it is just another hot sauce no better or worst on the whole than most I have tired and certainly not up to homemade standards ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Brian, you’ve finally posted a pasta dish that’s as rustic and simple as I can manage. ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks marvelous! It’s been a few years since I’ve been on a picnic, but now you’ve put the idea in my mind again. I’ll have to squeeze it in really soon before summer is gone.

    • Ach you are being too modest, remember I have seen you recipes and you are a great cook! But defo squeeze in a picnic, we have a few more planned before Autumn really takes hold!

  4. Pasta salads are my summer saviors! Love the BLT twist, I’m sure is gonna be a huge HIT atthe next bbq’s and outdoor parties!

  5. What a great twist on a BLT. I love pasta salads, and they always go down well at BBQ’s so this is a nice way to serve up something different.

  6. Oh yummo Brian – I really genuinely love the look of this! There literally is no element I don’t like. I’m so envious of your thermal spas – the photos always look so stunning. Maybe mine an Hungry Hubby’s next summer holiday should be Hungary!

    • Cheers Jo, what’s not to like it is a BLT without the bread but with pasta ๐Ÿ˜€ You could do a great deal worst than Hungary for a Holiday, it has so much to offer although the food outside of the big city is relatively unimaginative, tasty but let’s just say you will be heading home with a few extra pounds, although you will definitely be saving a few pennies as once you head out of Budapest it is a very cheap place to play in ๐Ÿ˜‰


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