Pasta Salad with Avocado

Bacon and Avocado Pasta

In South Africa I’ve been very privileged to grow up in a house where my parents bought avocados by the case. Once the short avocado season has hit, the race was on to see how many of these beautiful fruits we could stuff into our faces. We ate them with anything and everything and, best of all, we never grew tired of them!

It is for that reason that I love making this recipe. Not only does it combine my most favourite ingredients together, it also reminds me of a simpler time in life.
Giant avocados!



  • 500g pasta – any shape, but I find the Spirali and Trottole pastas work the best, cooked to al dente
  • 1 avocado (or more!), roughly diced
  • 6 slices of smoked bacon, diced and fried
  • 12 pitted green olives, sliced
  • 3 spring onions, sliced
  • 1/2 sweet red pepper, finely diced


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (I like Skyr)
  • juice of one lemon
  • splash of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds


Combine all the ingredients for the dressing and mix really well.

Combine the rest of the salad ingredients, ensuring that the pasta and bacon is cooled before adding to the rest of the salad ingredients.

Pour over the dressing and season liberally with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Perfect as a side dish to a Sticky Pork Sparerib braai on a lovely summers day.


13 Comments on “Pasta Salad with Avocado

  1. I’ve never been a fan of avocado, but this recipe looks really good. I love pasta salad, so I am going to have to give this one a try.

    Liked by 1 person

    • You are so welcome Jenny! Pasta is such a versatile food, but it is sometimes difficult to put things in to make it nice and different. I have a few more recipes up my sleeve – perfect for the summer.xx


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