Saturday, March 26, 2016

Bacon, Tomato and Egg Pasta Salad with Greek Yogurt Dijon Dressing

It's all about the Egg for the Easter holiday!  Colored hard boiled eggs, deviled eggs and how about this Egg Pasta Salad with a little twist off the BLT.  You could call this the BTE (bacon, tomato, egg) pasta salad. Tossed with a healthier dressing consisting of Greek Yogurt, Dijon mustard, Bolthouse Yogurt Ranch and you've got a delicious salad to include for a Sunday brunch. It's also a perfect little side salad for an anytime lunch or paired with a main meal.




Serving for 2 (double recipe for more servings)

Salad Ingredients:
  • 1 cup dried uncooked corkscrew pasta then cooked per box directions
  • 2-3 hard boiled eggs (1 egg for garnish, optional)
  • 2 Tbsp bacon pieces divided (1 Tbsp to sprinkle and garnish salad)
  • 10 grape tomatoes sliced in half
  • Dash of dried dill weed for garnish (optional)
Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp Bolthouse Yogurt Ranch dressing (or ranch dressing of your choice)
  • Salt and Pepper


Preparation:

Put eggs in saucepan covered in water and bring to boil.  Once brought to a boil, remove from heat and let sit covered in water for 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes, drain off the hot water and then run in cold water to cool the eggs. Next, peel off the shell and set aside.

Meanwhile, boil pasta per box directions, then drain and rinse with cold water.

In a mixing bowl put in the cooked pasta, the sliced tomatoes, 2 chopped hard boiled eggs.  I like to chop the eggs in large chunks and 1 Tbsp of bacon pieces.

In a separate bowl, mix all the dressing ingredients.  Once the dressing is fully blended then gently fold into the salad ingredients.




Scoop from mixing bowl to a serving bowl and then sprinkle the other 1 Tbsp of bacon pieces over the top of salad.  Garnish with the extra hard boiled egg sliced and put a little shower of dill weed to add some fresh color.

That's it and enjoy!  The creaminess of the dressing smothered over the eggs, pasta and bacon is so yummy! Along with the added flavor of freshness from the tomatoes make this a great spring salad.  Happy Easter and Happy Spring!





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