May 14, 2014

Bacon, Asparagus & Feta Pasta Salad

Something happens when you know summer is right around the corner. The days are getting longer, the air is fresher and the temperatures are rising. Pretty much a recipe to do anything except stay in the kitchen and cook all afternoon.


This is about the time I start picking recipes that don't involve the oven - pasta salads are good for that.

When I saw this Spring Pasta Salad from Family Fresh Cooking, it was one of those moments that made me wonder. I like bacon, I like asparagus, I like feta...why haven't I ever thrown them all together in a bowl full of pasta and married it with ranch dressing?? Hel-lo



Really folks, Marla is on to something here. I really only changed the preparation a little to suit my lazy lifestyle, other than that - this recipe is flawless.



I cooked the pasta and asparagus first (but not together) so they could hang in the freezer to chill while I made the saucy part of the salad. We're really not fans of warm pasta salads here (and by we I mean Hubby), so this chill time was important for us, but not necessary for less finicky people.


Follow the link for the original Spring Pasta Salad here because I really didn't have to change anything about the ingredients, so I can't take any credit for this bowl full of deliciousness.

Here are some adjustments I made when preparing the recipe.

  • I used a Garlic & Herb Feta, which added a great punch of flavor and eliminated the need for extra seasonings
  • Don't add salt. Seriously, between the bacon and the ranch, and the feta, there's plenty of salt to go around
  • Set your bacon to bake in the oven first; this will allow a perfect amount of time to cook your pasta and asparagus while the bacon is cooking 
  • I combined the cooked pasta and asparagus in a large bowl and set it in the freezer while I prepared the dressing mixture to give it enough time to cool down
  • In a medium bowl, I combined the feta, green onions, ranch, lemon juice and olive oil. Once the pasta was cooled, I poured in the dressing mixture and tossed everything to combine. I didn't have any issues with the pasta sticking together 
  • Save the bacon to throw on top of the pasta right before serving, otherwise the dressing will soften the bacon that you put all the effort into making crispy

I love pasta salad season, and this is definitely going to be a repeat at our table this summer. Enjoy!


10 comments:

  1. Heck yeah! Love this pasta salad. I am Ranch's # 1 fan, and bacon on anything is great, throw in some asparagus and I don't even have to feel guilty about eating it. Def. gonna make this.

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    1. Hahaha, we're on the same page! Ranch is just as much of a staple in my house as eggs and milk are! And I pretty much felt like the asparagus added enough greenery to the salad to qualify this as health food...right?!

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  2. You had me at feta. It is my favorite! Thanks for linking up to the Feature Friday Linky Party!

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic
    www.blissfulanddomestic.com

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    1. Thanks Danielle (I think that's how I convinced Hubby to eat it, even with the asparagus - he's very anti-green food, but a nut over feta!)

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  3. I was so excited to see my favorite ingredients in a salad and was coming to check for a link back. I wanted to recommend you as a favorite to the other ladies at Weekend Potluck. Maybe next time?

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    1. Yes, perhaps next time, thanks for stopping by though!

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  4. I love the combination of feta and bacon. Pinned! Thanks for linking up at The Yuck Stops Here! Hope to see you again next week! Chrystal @ YUMeating.com

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    1. Thanks for the lovin' Chrystal, you rock! The feta and bacon compliment each other so well, you should give it a shot sometime ;-)

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  5. YUM!!! I’d love for you to share this at my Saturday Dishes Link Party this weekend! It’s a themed link up & this week’s theme is Memorial Day & Grilling! Feel free to share other posts that fit the theme as well if you have them! (:

    http://lifeisfantasmic.blogspot.com/2014/05/saturday-dishes-memorial-day-grilling.html

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    1. Well I guess I missed the boat on that one, huh?! Thanks for your kind words, hope you get to try out the recipe!

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