Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad

This Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad is no joke! It’s loaded with diced California Avocados, plump tomatoes, crispy bacon and fresh basil all tossed with a creamy avocado ranch dressing!

Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad

One of the fantastic perks of being a California Avocado Ambassador is when my monthly shipment of California Avocados arrive at my door. This past year I have gotten a new delivery guy, and apparently out of all the packages he brings to my door he has taken notice of the avocados.

When he knocked on my door this last time he handed me the box and said, “These must be very good!”

“Oh yes, they are the absolute BEST! They’re California Avocados!”

Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad

Did you know that California produces approximately 90% of the nation’s avocado crop?

Fun fact – I was born in California. Only the best things are born there… wait what?! ;)

But seriously people, this Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad is divine. The dressing is a combination of ranch and fresh avocado. I squeezed just a bit of lime juice in there to give it the perfect zip. Then I diced up even more avocado and tossed it in the salad. The crispy bacon crumbles in there give it just the right amount of crunch and smokiness.

I served this salad with some ribs and a side of grilled corn on the cob. Everyone absolutely enjoyed it, and practically licked their plates clean.

Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad

Go grab some California Avocados and dig in!

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Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad

Yield: serves 8 to 10

Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 16oz large shell pasta
  • 1 California Avocado, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 6 strips thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, ribboned
  • For the Dressing:
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 California Avocado
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Once tender drain the pasta and run cold water throughout to cool the pasta down. Place in a large bowl.
  2. To prepare the dressing add all the dressing ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Pour over the cooled pasta and toss to coat.
  3. Fold in the diced avocado, grape tomatoes, bacon, and basil. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Enjoy!
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Disclosure: I am honored to have a long term, compensated relationship as a brand ambassador for California Avocados. All opinions expressed are my own! For more great recipes featuring California Avocados, be certain to visit the recipe section of their website. 

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Comments

  1. This looks great! Can’t wait to try it.
    Now that we live in California, I cannot get enough avocados. Before moving, I never understood the love for them because where we lived they never quite got to the market in good shape. It was always a gamble, either still green (yet bruised) or overripe & rotting inside; but no matter which way they came, they were always really expensive.

  2. Hmmm this looks good, I pinned it! I’ll have to find some gluten free pasta, but it sound delish!

  3. It’s amazing how creamy avocados are. You know I don’t think I have used avocado in a pasta salad before. I like the idea. I pinned it.

  4. I want to be an Avocado Ambassador – now that sounds like a dream job! This is such a creamy, healthy, delicious looking summer pasta salad :-)

  5. Oh yes bring on the pasta….looks delicious!!

  6. Elaine Buonsante says:

    I’ve discovered just this year how much I LOVE avocados! I’ve saved your Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad and I know my family will empty to bowl!

  7. Just made this :) Bringing it to a 4th July BBQ, hope it people love it! The beau was my taster and he said it tasted like a BLT. He loved it!

    I wasn’t sure if I could make this over night and keep it in the fridge. To decrease my cooking time for the morning of, the prior night I made the pasta shells – put them in the fridge. Cut the bacon into pieces and pan fried.

    I made the dresses with an immersion hand blender and it was really easy. Didn’t need all the dressing. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Hi! I just did this recipe, I want to thank you because it is so awesome and quick to prepare, and of course, delicious. I didn’t have all of the ingredients and it is kind of late here to go to the grocery store, haha, so I replaced the ranch dressing with cream and the cilantro with mint, it was so refreshing! Also, I used fettuccine and didn’t use the bacon (not because I don’t love it, but because I clearly have to go to the grocery store, lol). Anyway, I loved it! Thanks. :)

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