Quick Summer Salad

I am having a hard time finding enough time to work on my Project Three for Camp this week. By the time I get home from work, there’s a certain little kitten that I want to play with. Maybe we should have postponed this new addition for another month??

Today I wanted to share a recipe that I’ve made twice now, both times getting a thumbs up from the family. The first time I forgot to buy lettuce, so that got left out. The second time I forgot to add in the cheese. I think the third time will be a charm. I hope your family likes it, too!


8 oz. pasta (your favorite medium-sized noodles) cooked and drained
1 1/2 cups diced cherry tomatoes with the seeds removed
1 cup cubed Swiss cheese
1/2 cup chopped red onions
1 pound bacon, cooked crispy and chopped
2 cups finely chopped romaine or iceberg lettuce
1 bottle of Ranch salad dressing
pepper and salt to taste

This would also be good with broccoli and chicken instead of lettuce and bacon. (Wait. Forget that. Keep the bacon even if you add chicken.)

Mix, serve and enjoy!

I’m ready to start the bottom border of my Camp project, but that makes it sound like I’m pretty far along. From everything I’ve read, the border will take close to forever. (I’m making Angelus in two colors of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Mediumweight.) How far along are you on your Project Three?

Sheri readyforaweekend,howaboutyou?


  1. That’s the same problem I have. Kitten in the house = drastically reduced knitting time. However they grow up so fast you have to enjoy every minute that you can!

    1. I know that’s true. I just should have waited until after Camp Loopy, I guess. Deadline knitting + new kitten = not good!

  2. That salad looks yummy. I was just counting up days and repeats left on my project. I am currently averaging a little less than one and a half repeats per night. I just figured that I need to finish 2 repeats per day to make it in time, assuming that the end of the stole takes as long as the beginning (it is the same on both ends and the first part took about 7 days). EEEK! Hopefully the weekends will be more productive than work nights are.

    1. You’re welcome! I hope you like it. I did make it again this weekend and used broccoli instead of lettuce. We liked that version. Although I guess it’s officially not a BLT any more, if you leave out the lettuce….

  3. Adorable kitten on Wednesday’s post!!!! Gotta love the new additions to families! I think I’ve made something like the BLT salad before. Very tasty! So is BLT pizza!
    I am trying to make “Sleeves” by Martina Behm for my camp project. I am not very far! I have both sleeves started, one almost complete up to the neck/lapel area. We were traveling at the beginning of Aug, and I can usually knit a lot in the car but this time, I kept falling asleep! So… I’m behind. I really want to finish though because this is my third year at camp and haven’t missed any deadlines yet! I’m just pushing myself now each day and trying to stay focused and not lose my oomph for it! I’m using Lorna’s in Grand Street Ink and the two colors from Mt. Loopious from last summer. I was just going to use all Grand St but decided I needed a pop of color and the Mt Loopious looks great! Could be another reason why I’m behind- changing my mind with colors!

    1. You can do it, Lisa! I was having a harder time getting my projects done this year, too, and what kept me going was that I haven’t missed a camp deadline yet. 🙂

  4. Salad looks great, I want to try it but I would probably use some home made ranch. I’m doing fairly well on CL 3 I hope I am into my 3rd of 4 skeins so I’m on track I feel unless I run short and have to order another skein, then I’m in trouble.
    Enjoy the new baby! Mel

  5. Just finished my CL3 knitting project tonight (Sunday) – now to get my CL sewing project quilted! Your salad reminds me of my favorite wrap sandwich a local restaurant makes – A BLT Chicken Roll Up – chopped up grilled chicken breast, tomato, bacon, shredded cheese, a bunch of shredded lettuce all mixed with some ranch dressing and then rolled up in a soft tortilla shell. Yum. Will have to try the pasta salad.

  6. You always have THE best recipes! Thanks for this one…I needed a second pasta salad receipe for a potluck. Congrats on Lexi! She is beautiful. My (not so little any more) Whitney will be a year old later next month. They are such a joy and a challenge all rolled into one. Happy Autumn!

  7. Thanks for the great recipe, it looks delicious. I’ve got company coming this weekend (a fellow Raveler I’ve never met in person before) and will be trying this out!

  8. I am so far behind on project 3. I think i will go into seclusion this week to try to finish on time. This month we started a remodeling project in the LR, school started as well as soccer season, and my oldest sustained a bad concussion last week in a game. I am on it! I can do this! Hoooaaaaaa!!! (or however that is spelled?) 😉

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