Shrimp, Bacon, Avocado Pasta Salad

You know summer has arrived in Sacramento when it’s 11:00 at night and it’s 85°F outside! We had our first over 100° day of the season yesterday, prompting the wisest of the city’s population to stay huddled indoors next to an AC vent. (That would be me.) Even my mother drove the half block it takes to get to my house from hers when she stopped by to visit. (She gets a pass, she’s 80.)

What to make/eat on a hot day? This pasta salad. It has two of my favorite food groups—avocado & bacon—which basically taste great with anything, and especially with chipotle marinated shrimp.

The zesty lime vinaigrette dressing ties everything together.

Pro tip on pasta salads: add more vinegar than you would expect. A typical vinaigrette ratio is 2:1 or 3:1 oil to acid. This salad’s vinaigrette is more like 2:3. Some of that acid is to counteract the richness of the avocado and bacon. Some of it is just because pasta salads do better with more vinegar. It brightens the flavor.


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