4 Ingredient Pasta Salad with a surprise little twist at the end, is easy to make and easy to enjoy.
Do you see the boards in this picture? It is part of the new food props I am putting together with help from my wonderful hubby. The boards are perfect to help highlight this 4 ingredient pasta salad.
Simple recipes are the name of the game. I mean, who has time for complicated recipes when you have children to cart around to various activities?
Not this mom.
This simple and easy pasta salad is whipped up in no time. In fact, you can cook the pasta on the stove and bake the bacon in the oven at the same time. (By the way, see my FAVORITE kitchen hack ever. It involves the bacon.)
This pasta salad is healthier than most and better for you then other pasta salads. There isn't any mayonnaise or sugars in it. It is simple, easy ingredients. Some you can even grow in your garden if you have one. Okay, maybe just the green onions but wouldn't it be lovely if you could grow bacon in your garden? I think so too.
There is a surprise ingredient at the end. I don't know if you have ever used Pink Himalayan Sea Salt before, but it is my favorite salt to use. I think it has a great flavor and adds such depth to the recipe. It looks like this.
Don't have any Pink Himalayan Sea Salt? You could use coarse table salt as well.
Wait, no dressing?
Yes, no dressing! The Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and the juice from the canned tomatoes is enough to give it the kick it needs. The onions add a nice punch to it as well.
It is a healthier option to not use any mayonnaise in this salad recipe so we went with the healthier option. Of course, sometimes mayo is needed, like in this Creamy Chicken Salad recipe.
What can I add to this?
You can add green peppers or chopped mushrooms would be good as well. If you want a little more tang to the pasta salad, you could add about ½ cup of Italian salad dressing. It would increase the calories, but it would add a bigger punch to the flavor.
Should I rinse the pasta?
Yes! In the case of pasta salad recipes, you should rinse the pasta before you mix the ingredients in with it. Rinsing the pasta helps bring the temperature down which is what you want for a pasta salad verses served as a pasta dish. It also helps the pasta not to stick together and stay loose, which is what is needed for a salad.
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Like pasta salads? Try: Spinach Bow Tie Pasta
Need a main dish to pair with this recipe? Try: Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
4 Ingredient Pasta Salad
- ½ lb corkscrew pasta
- ½ cup diced tomatoes with juice
- ¼ cup green onion chopped
- 4 strips cooked bacon crumbled
- 1 tsp Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water
- Cook bacon in oven at 400* for 12-15 minutes or until desired crispness. Remove from pan and place on paper towel lined plate to drain
- Mix pasta, green onions, bacon and tomatoes (canned or fresh) in medium bowl. Sprinkle Pink Himalayan Sea Salt on top and stir
- Refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve. Refrigerate leftovers