When I was vacationing in Myrtle Beach a few months ago I had the pleasure of eating this super yummy caesar pasta salad. I can’t remember the name of the place to save my life but it was a little pizzeria close to our hotel. I didn’t really have high hopes for the pasta salad, just wanted a side dish besides wings or breadsticks.
To my surprise I loved it!! It was my first time having pasta salad with caesar dressing and also having one with romaine lettuce in it. The lettuce totally works y’all! Besides providing the salad with a nice pop of green it makes it taste really fresh. I’ve been craving that caesar pasta salad ever since and so I just had to try to recreate it. I was so excited to see a BLT Caesar Pasta Salad recipe over on sixsisterstuff.com. A little adjusting and it tastes exactly like the one I had at Myrtle Beach!
It’s a simple, addictive pasta salad with easy ingredients and yep, it’s going into my recipe stash right beside the bacon cheddar ranch pasta salad and the Fresh Italian Pasta Salad. I am a firm believer that you can never have too many pasta salad recipes, especially in the summer time when you need something quick, fresh and yummy to serve up with grilled meats.
My son hates caesar dressing but somehow likes this blt caesar pasta salad. I guess because all the other flavors compliment the dressing so well and everything is only lightly coated.
Now if you want to make this ahead and serve it later for a cookout, I’d combine everything but the bacon, lettuce and cheese. When you’re ready to serve it go ahead and toss those things in with a tad bit more dressing if needed. I’ve mixed it all up and ate it the next day and it was still great but if you want that super fresh crunch of the lettuce and bacon and firmness of the parmesan cheese, it’s best to add it when you’re ready to serve it.
Watch me make this BLT Caesar Pasta Salad From Start to Finish!
- 3 cups mini bow-tie pasta, uncooked
- 12 strips bacon, crumbled
- ⅔ cup cherry tomatoes, diced
- 2.25 oz black olives, sliced
- ¾ cup Caesar Dressing + more if needed (use a good quality kind)
- 1 cup curly romain lettuce, chopped
- Parmesan cheese, shredded
- Small seasoned croutons (optional)
- Black pepper (optional)
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
- Cook pasta until al dente (about 6 minutes)
- Drain pasta and rinse with cold water. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
- Cook bacon and crumble it into small pieces.
- Add bacon to the pasta, along with the tomatoes, olives, and dressing.
- Toss to coat ingredients lightly with dressing. Add more dressing if needed.
- Add in lettuce and parmesan cheese.
- Add black pepper and seasoned croutons, if desired.
- Serve immediately.