I found this recipe a couple of weeks ago and was so excited to try it. We ate it as our main dish because it is very hearty and filling. My kids liked it! I love the combo of bacon and avacado then add the shrimp and creamy dressing and this is just perfect to me. It makes a lot and would probably feed 6-8 adults. It was way too much for us even with Ben and I eating it for lunch the next day. It doesn't keep long either because of the avocado. Read the instructions well beforehand so you don't make the same mistake that I did. I chopped the lettuce and threw it in before realizing that I was supposed to served the salad ON TOP of the lettuce. I'm seriously the biggest clutz in the kitchen! It was an easy save though. Oh, and I added chopped fresh basil which was delicious but definitely optional. Hurry and try this before the warm summer days are over!
SHRIMP AVOCADO PASTA SALAD
Ingredients1 (16 ounce) package uncooked penne pasta
1/4 pound bacon
1 pound cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 avocados - peeled, pitted and diced
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 cups shredded lettuce
1/4 C chopped fresh basil (optional)
1.Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain. Rinse under cold running water to cool.
2.Place bacon in a skillet over medium high heat, and cook until evenly brown. Drain and crumble.
3.In a large bowl, gently toss together the pasta, bacon, shrimp, avocados, Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, tomatoes, and red pepper. Serve over lettuce and garnish with basil.