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Recipe: B.A.T. Pasta Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

Bacon Avocado Tomato Pasta Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

Have you ever enjoyed a B.A.T. sandwich?? B.A.T. is what I prefer over a B.L.T. Skip the lettuce and replace it with a tasty avocado. Talk about flavor! Yum!

I decided to take that favorite sandwich of mine and turn it into a pasta salad. Cinco de Mayo is coming up and you know you’ll be asked to bring something to go alongside the nachos and margaritas. Although this isn’t really Mexican, it has such fresh flavors and with avocado and bacon as ingredients, I don’t think anyone will complain one bit!  

Bacon Avocado Tomato Pasta Salad


You may remember last summer when I partnered with The California Avocado Commission to bring you some avocado recipes…the Salmon Sliders with Avocado Sauce and the Avocado Smoothies/Milkshakes were certainly popular! It appears that you love avocados just as much as I do! I’m excited to tell you that I am partnering with The California Avocado Commission again this year. Myself, along with Dara from Cookin’ Canuck, Shawn of I Wash…You Dry and Rachel of Southern Fairytale, will each be bringing you a fabulous California avocado recipe a month for the next six months. It’s going to be fun!

Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing

I shared this Creamy Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing recipe with you way back in 2009. (Raise your hand if you were reading Dine & Dish in 2009. Thank you for still being here!) This dressing makes more than you’ll need for the pasta salad, which is a good thing… you’ll want to eat it every day, on everything!


Bacon Avocado Tomato Pasta Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Bacon Avocado Tomato Pasta Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

California Avocados are the star of the show in this tasty B.A.T Pasta salad recipe with Avocado Ranch Dressing.


    For the salad:
  • 1 pound rotini pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 diced California Avocado, peeled and pit removed
  • 1/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 5 slices cooked bacon
  • For the dressing:
  • 1 California Avocado, peeled and pit removed
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked, black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 pinch dried dill weed
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 garlic clove


    For the salad:
  1. Combine pasta, tomatoes, avocados and bacon.
  2. For the dressing:
  3. Mash avocado in a bowl, then stir in mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, and vinegar. Add parsley, dill, pepper, onion powder, and garlic. Stir until well blended, chill until ready to serve.
  4. Pour 1/4 - 1/2 cup of dressing over pasta salad. Toss. Chill until ready to serve.
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Disclosure: I am honored to be a part of the 2013 California Avocados Blogger Ambassador Team. All opinions are my own. If you’d like more avocado news, be sure to follow the California Avocado Commission onTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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  1. My hand is raised! What prize do I win? Can it maybe be a big ol’ bowl of this? Because, yum.

  2. Oh my yum! So hungry and I;m off to pin this!

  3. I’m totally into this BAT! I might even dig it more than the traditional BLT.

  4. I don’t know what I like more, the avocado in the salad or the dressing! Actually I love it all! This is my kind of salad and I don’t think I can wait for Cinco de Mayo to eat it!

  5. I am in! Love this salad idea and the dressing – well, that’s juts a must make!

  6. I’ve had a S.A.T sandwich Spinach (or Spring Greens) Avocado and Tomato sandwich (pressed or cold)

    will make this recipe minus the bacon

    here is a link to my S.A.T sandwich if your curious :) http://littlesliceofhomelife.blogspot.com/2012/08/tomato-avacado-spinach-sandwich.html

  7. Oh baby! All my favorite things! I love that cute little dressing server. Oh, and the dressing in it too!

  8. This is such a stunning salad! I love how you took one of my favorite sandwiches…and made it into this lovely dish. Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to give this a try!

  9. Raising my hand!!! I make a similar recipe but it is forgoes the pasta and I bump up the lettuce and serve with a spicy dressing. Thinking I am going to skip the lettuce and toss in the pasta next time!!

  10. YUM. That is all.

  11. OH this salad is making me crazy! Avocado ranch is my favorite! Actually, I am using it in mu post tomorrow! I love avocado’s and this salad look awesome!

  12. Ohhh this looks so good, I have to make your avocado ranch dressing! Anddd congrats on working with CA Avocados again! I hope you get to take a trip out to California to see some avocado farms! :D

  13. I loooove avocados. This is a great idea, Kristen!

  14. I have been craving a good salad. I think this one is going on my next menu!

  15. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray says:

    You’re making me crave a SALAD at 10pm?! You’ve got special powers! (This looks amazing!)

  16. Trish Butler says:

    I think I would like a b a l t I am goi.ng to have your salad as soon as possible. It looks so tasty and my husband will love all of those tomatoes.

  17. There are few things I love more than a BLT with avocado…so this is totally right up my alley! YUM.

  18. Excellent use of those gorgeous Avos. Yum!!!

  19. I’m drooling. Seriously. I need a napkin.

  20. This is seriously SO gorgeous! And with an avocado ranch dressing, I know a real treat for the mouth. I’m in love!


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