BLT Pasta Salad – with blue cheese

Spring means pasta salad! This pasta salad is heavy on flavor and filling enough to make it your lunch! Loaded with tomatoes, bacon, blue cheese, & corn. It is the perfect side to grilled chicken or pork.

If you have kids in school, May is INSANE. Dance recitals (and rehearsals), baseball games, end of year band concerts, gymnastics shows, field trips, end of school activities, projects… My head spins and I want to curl into a ball thinking about it.

The good thing about May is it’s grilling season and dinner prep is infinitely easier. Make this pasta salad on Sunday, serve it during the week with grilled chicken, pork tenderloin, hot dogs or burgers.

I do something unheard of on the internet — I use bottled dressing. I like Wishbone Italian the best. (No, this is not sponsored, I think only my husband is a regular reader now and he just likes to know what we are having for dinner.)

Anyway, I use bottled dressing. I do it because it’s fast. And I grew up in the 80s and 90s where every mom made grilled chicken marinated in Italian dressing with pasta salad in the same dressing. It was good then. It’s still good now.

Then I add cherry tomatoes cut in half and corn and toss the whole thing together. I don’t top it with blue cheese and bacon until I serve it so it doesn’t get soggy.

Bacon Blue Cheese Pasta Salad


  • 1 lb pasta (I like curly ones)
  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 bottle Italian dressing
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese


  1. Cook the pasta to al dente (according the the directions on the package).  Drain, but do not rinse. Cool for 10 minutes

  2. While the pasta cooks, cut the bacon into bite sized pieces and cook on the stove top until crispy, drain on paper towels. Store in a small tupperware container until ready to serve

  3. Half the cherry tomatoes and mix with the corn and tomatoes. 

  4. In a bowl, mix the pasta and 1/2 the bottle of dressing until coated through. Mix in tomatoes, corn and onions. Add more dressing to coat.

  5. When ready to serve, top pasta salad with bacon and blue cheese. 

Recipe Notes

I also like to top mine with avocado and barbecue sauce. The barbecue sauce was an accidental discovery when my barbecue sauce from my chicken got onto my pasta salad. It's so good!

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