BLT Pasta Salad

  • 10MINS
  • 10MINS
  • Serves 3
  • 419KCAL

Sometimes you just crave pasta and this slimming and Weight Watchers friendly BLT Pasta Salad was created precisely because of that!

  • Gluten Free
  • Quick Meals
  • Snacks and Sides
Easy Peasy BLT Pasta Salad

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories419
  • Carbs56g
  • Protein34g
  • Fat5.3g
  • Saturates0.9g
  • Sugars8.2g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

With just a handful of ingredients, you can easily serve this BLT Pasta Salad for a simple lunch, a light evening meal or even as a side dish.

Our BLT Pasta Salad is a fantastic addition to any barbecue and if you need to save time then you can even make it up and leave it in the fridge for a couple of days. If you don’t mind adding a few more calories, then why not add a few tablespoons of lighter than light mayo to make this dish extra creamy?

What diets is this BLT Pasta Salad suitable for?

This BLT Pasta Salad is suitable for gluten free diets as long as you use gluten free pasta.

It can be made dairy free by swapping out the following ingredients for dairy free versions;

  • Quark
  • Natural fat free yoghurt

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this BLT Pasta Salad?

You don’t need anything special to make this dish, but we like to serve it in a large bowl on the table or at a barbecue. We used a type of Fusilli pasta shape called Fusilli Bucati Corti, which is available in some food shops and online. Fusilli pasta you would find in most supermarkets works perfectly for this recipe and is easier to get your hands on!

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Below we added some of our communities most common hints and tips. We hope you find them useful.

All-purpose seasoning is a general seasoning that can be used to enhance flavours in most dishes. It is usually found in the supermarket spice aisle.

Used red pepper instead of tomatoes
Swapped the tomatoes for red pepper and left out the Quark as I didn't have any. Added a squeeze of lemon juice to the yogurt along with the seasoning - gorgeous!
New favourite lunch
Loved this recipe. I did substitute lettuce for thinly sliced cucumber as I didn't have lettuce and I used cream cheese, not quark due to preference but was still lovely, even the husband Loved it
I used gluten free pasta to adapt to my diet, lovely dish for a hot hot day !
Use extra light mayo instead!
I didn't have all the ingredients needed for the sauce so I just used extra light mayonnaise instead- tasted just as good!

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How many calories are in this BLT Pasta Salad?

There are 448 calories per portion in this BLT Pasta Salad, which means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence category. 

This BLT Pasta Salad is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Remove all the fat from the bacon medallions and cut them into decent sized pieces.

Step 2

Cook them in a pan, with some low calorie cooking spray and the crushed garlic, until they are nice and brown. Then set aside.

Step 3

Mix the quark, yoghurt and Season All together in a large bowl, then season with some freshly ground black pepper.

Step 3

Step 4

Add the bacon, tomatoes and pasta to the quark mix and stir well.

Step 5

Stir in the lettuce, check the seasoning and enjoy!

Step 5

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What could you serve with this BLT Pasta Salad?

Our BLT Pasta Salad is the perfect addition to any barbecue and works really well when served alongside any of the following dishes:

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How do you know when this BLT Pasta Salad is cooked?

You should cook the bacon medallions in this recipe until they are nice and brown!

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep BLT Pasta Salad in the fridge?

Once you’ve put this dish out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you want to make this dish in advance then you can store your BLT Pasta Salad in the fridge for a couple of days!  Make sure any leftovers are refrigerated in a container with a lid.  

Can I freeze this BLT Pasta Salad?

No, we don’t recommend freezing this recipe.

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BLT Pasta Salad

Sometimes you just crave pasta and this slimming and Weight Watchers friendly BLT Pasta Salad was created precisely because of that!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    10 MINS
  • KCals 419
  • Carbs 56G


  • 500 g cooked pasta shapes (220g dried pasta, cooked according to packet instructions)
  • 200 g cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 big handful lettuce ripped into large pieces. You can use any type, iceberg, romaine etc
  • 6 bacon medallions
  • 120 g quark
  • 70 g natural fat free yoghurt
  • ¼ - ½ tsp all purpose seasoning season to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • low calorie cooking spray

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  1. Remove all the fat from the bacon medallions and cut them into decent sized pieces.
  2. Cook them in a pan, with some low calorie cooking spray and the crushed garlic, until they are nice and brown. Then set aside.
  3. Mix the quark, yoghurt and all purpose seasoning together in a large bowl, then season with some freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Add the bacon, tomatoes and pasta to the quark mix and stir well.
  5. Stir in the lettuce, check the seasoning and enjoy!

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KATIE AKRIGGThursday 16th January 2020

Could I use just quark & leave out the yogurt? TIA


    Holly LevellThursday 21st May 2020

    Hi Katie, the quark and yogurt are what give this BLT Pasta Salad its creamy sauce however you could increase the quark and alter the calories accordingly. Hope that helps!


KamilaThursday 5th December 2019

How many servings does this recipe provide?


    Sharon FitzpatrickFriday 8th May 2020

    Hi Kamilla, thanks for getting in touch. The BLT Pasta Salad serves 3 people, hope this helps and that you enjoy making this salad.


MaddieThursday 13th June 2019

So yummy! I made a huge batch for lunches during the week. I added chickpeas because I’m low on iron, tastes wonderful. When I’m feeling particularly naughty I garnish with my HeA cheese portion 🙂
Thanks pinchofnom


    Emma TThursday 20th June 2019

    Sounds deeeelish!! ????


LaurenMonday 15th April 2019

I couldn’t get the All Spice seasoning. Any recommendations as to what I could use instead?
Ideally I wanted to make this tonight.


    CateMonday 15th April 2019

    Hi Lauren!

    You could replace the seasoning with:

    1/2 tsp Garlic Granules
    1/2 tsp Onion Granules
    1/2 tsp Sweet Paprika
    Salt & Pepper to taste

    Hope that helps! 🙂


JasmineWednesday 20th March 2019

Can you eat this cold??


    CateMonday 8th April 2019

    Yes, absolutely!


tillyWednesday 27th February 2019

Is this no fat quark or full fat quark used please


    Carol Ann GoldieWednesday 10th June 2020

    What can I use instead of quark!


      LisaThursday 11th June 2020

      Hi Carol. You could try using fat free Greek yogurt or light mayonnaise instead of quark. This may change the nutritional values if they are important to you.

rhiSunday 6th January 2019

Could I use natural greek yoghurt for this instead of natural? Thanks


Amy Lynette AllenWednesday 12th September 2018


Could I use Mayo and quack to make the dressing?

Many thanks


Philip AshcroftFriday 31st August 2018

I only have vanilla quark, is this a bad idea with that?


    Anna BakerFriday 8th March 2019

    hi I only have fat free yorgut and not quark would it matter??


Joanne AdairThursday 23rd August 2018

What is Schwartz season All pls?


MandyThursday 28th June 2018

Could I use fromage frais mixed with the quark instead of natural yoghurt


Melanie BlissWednesday 27th June 2018

How long will it keep for with the lettuce in it? Will it go soggy?


RachelMonday 4th June 2018

Made this for a buffet yesterday. It was lovely, although I added a bit extra of the seasoning. Just had some left overs for dinner tonight.


Tammi WalkerFriday 1st June 2018

Is it cooking cheese


StephanieWednesday 16th May 2018

Are the quantities correct? 500g pasta seems an awful lot for 3 people!


Becky WheeldonWednesday 25th April 2018

Hi how long will this last?? Iv made a big bowl as part of a salad so won’t be using all in one go, delicious what I had last night


RachelMonday 19th February 2018

Just had this and added cajun seasoning for a kick. Really nice! Thank you


Kate BellamySunday 4th February 2018

can I add cucumbers and peppers to this


JennySunday 21st January 2018

Can this be made without using the fat free yogurt?


AndreaMonday 28th August 2017

Do you know roughly how much dry pasta you would need? I don’t want to end up cooking far more than the 500g needed.


    Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

    Hi Andrea,

    You would need around 250g of dried pasta, maybe a little less, to make 500g cooked pasta.


Elizabeth morrisFriday 26th May 2017

Hi Kate I don’t eat quark or any cheese at what could I use instead thankyou


    Emma TTuesday 12th September 2017

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Try some fat free yoghurt instead ????


lisaWednesday 26th April 2017

can you make this the night before?


    KateWednesday 26th April 2017

    Hi Lisa
    Yes you can


AnitaMonday 3rd April 2017

Oh wow this looks fabulous!! I’m always looking for new takes on classics, and this sounds perfect. My husband would just love it! Thanks!!!


KarlaThursday 9th February 2017

Hi is there anything I could replace the quark with as I’m lactose intolerant an am unaware of an alternative. Would you just increase the yogurt (dairy free of course) to replace it?


    KateFriday 10th February 2017

    Hi Karla,
    Yes you can just increase the amount of yogurt. You could try the new plain Alpro Go On one which seems quite suited for cooking purposes


CiaraThursday 9th February 2017

Making this now


KarenMonday 6th February 2017

how could u turn this into a dinner


    KaySaturday 11th February 2017

    You could add more bacon & tomato and serve with a nice bowl of salad perhaps?


HannahMonday 30th January 2017

Hi, what flavour season all would you recommend using? Thanks


    KateTuesday 31st January 2017

    Hi Hannah
    Just the regular bog standard Season All.


AlisonWednesday 25th January 2017

I made this tonight and it was gorgeous! Thank you so much for the recipe.


    KateThursday 26th January 2017

    Hi Alison
    Glad you like it 🙂


JacquiTuesday 24th January 2017

This sounds really nice and looks quick a and easy to do


Suzanne HFriday 20th January 2017

So quick and utterly delicious. Thank you for this, I have been struggling with lunch.


    KateSaturday 21st January 2017

    Hi Suzanne
    Glad you like it!


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