AVOCADO BACON PASTA SALAD

AVOCADO BACON PASTA SALAD

Avocado Bacon Pasta Salad

Avocado Bacon Pasta Salad

AVOCADO BACON PASTA SALAD

Prep Time : 20 mins

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE AVOCADO BUTTERMILK RANCH DRESSING:

  • 2 Haas avocados
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

FOR THE PASTA SALAD:

  • 1 pound Rotini pasta, cooked according to box directions, drained and cooled
  • 1 lb bacon, cooked*
  • 1 8oz block of sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cherry tomatoes or variety-packaged tomatoes, halved or cut into fourths
  • 1 Haas avocado
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Smash the 2 avocados for the dressing in a big bowl or large container. Squeeze a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice on top.
  2. Add in the buttermilk, Greek yogurt or sour cream, and mayonnaise. Mix well.
  3. Sprinkle the garlic with a teaspoon of Kosher salt and smush it into a paste using the side of your knife. Add the garlic paste and the remaining ingredients and mix until well-combined and smooth. Add additional salt to taste. Set aside.
  4. Chop the remaining Haas avocado and squeeze a 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice over the flesh to keep it from browning.
  5. Combine the pasta, bacon, cheddar, red onion, tomatoes, and avocado in a large bowl. Add about 1 cup of the Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and mix to coat. Add more as the pasta soaks up the dressing, to taste.
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