Turkey, Bacon Pasta Salad With Lemon Basil Dressing

  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hrs 25 mins
  • Servings: 6
  • About This Recipe

    “Great pasta salad, you can substitute your favorite pasta dressing instead of the Lemon Basil. My adaptation of a recipe from Betty Crocker.”


    Lemon Basil Dressing

  • 3/4 cupmayonnaise
  • 2tablespoons basil leaves, fresh, chopped or 1teaspoondried basil
  • 1teaspoonlemon, rind of, grated
  • 1teaspoonlemon juice
  • Salad

  • 7ouncespasta shells, small
  • 6slicesbacon, cooked crisp, crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cupsturkey, smoked cut into strips
  • 1 1/2 cupslettuce, shredded
  • 1cupcheese, shredded, your favorite kind
  • 1largetomato, chopped( 1 Cup)
  • Directions

  • Cook pasta as directed on package; omitting salt.
  • Rinse pasta in cold water; drain.
  • Mix together mayonnaise, basil, lemon peel and lemon juice in a large bowl to form dressing.
  • Add pasta, bacon (reserving 2 Tbl for topping), turkey, lettuce, cheese and tomato to dressing.
  • Mix well.
  • Cover and refrigerate 1-2 hoursto blend flavors.
  • Sprinkle with reserved bacon.
  • Serve.
  • Reviews

  • “Dressing is soooo good fresh and zesty my family loved this we didnt have turkey bacon so I used the applewood smoked that we had on hand and wow was it good every one wanted 2nds even my four year old daughter we will make again very soon thanks sassy cat for posting thisfast easy recipe”

  • “I have been looking for an awesome pasta salad recipe and this is definitely it! I used whole wheat rotini noodles instead of shells.I also subbed shredded carrots for shredded lettuce.It was a hit at our indoor bbq (stupid thunderstorms)!”

  • “Easy & delicious! I used bacon (turkey products not available) and grilled chicken breast (salt & pepper) instead.I omitted the lettuce and added red paprika(mathsticks).It was even better the next day.Thanks. Schin”

  • “I used the dressing for a pasta and vegetable salad.I added cooked chicken to make it an entree.This dressing is really, really tasty.I added some sugar and some salt and pepper.Delish.”

  • “I took this to my herb club salad luncheon and everyone raved. I used provalone rather than swiss.”

  • “Super way to use leftover turkey.Sprinkle on a handful of dry roasted peanuts for crunch.”