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15 Minute BLT Pasta Salad


For the Dressing:
¾ cup mayo (I prefer to use olive oil mayo to cut some fat & calories)
¼ cup sour cream
1 Tablespoon milk
½ teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper — optional

For the Salad:
8 oz spiral pasta
3-4 cups chopped romaine lettuce (or 10-oz package pre-cut romaine lettuce)
1 pint grape tomatoes — halved
1 ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 ½ cup bacon bits or pieces (not artificially flavored — about 6 oz)

Prepare the dressing by stirring together mayo, sour cream, milk, pepper, salt, garlic powder and crushed red pepper (if using) until smooth and well-combined. Set aside.
Prepare pasta according to package instructions. When finished cooking, drain well and transfer to a large salad bowl.
Add chopped lettuce, grape tomatoes, cheddar cheese, bacon bits/pieces, and your prepared dressing.
Toss/stir very well, until ingredients are well-combined.