Lemon, Avocado, and Bacon Salad

When I do have the chance to make a meal these days, especially when I am home alone with the little guy, it makes me feel like I just conquered the world. Timing is everything in the kitchen and let's just say when Tommy needs to eat or burp or one of the other things that make him happy, I am not too worried about getting much else done. Plus, let's not forget that once you make it, you must have the time to eat it. 

Ditto goes for blogging, so in the meantime I am going to be posting recipes (when I actually cook something) on Imperfect Polish. But you can always search Forks & Amusement for recipe ideas. 

I saw a version of this recipe pinned a few times on Pinterest, and one day when he went done for what seemed like a long nap I went for it. I used what I had and got a fresh, satisfying and delicious lunch that I even got to enjoy after nap time. Just a few ingredients that could be substituted easily with what you have, this makes a great lunch or dinner. Add some grilled chicken and it would be perfect for a summer dinner out on the patio. 

Lemon, Avocado, and Bacon Salad
Forks & Amusement 2012
two large servings, multiply to make a bigger batch

half pound of pasta, such as elbows, wheels, anything you want

juice of one juicy lemon
pinch of red chili flakes (optional)
teaspoon of Dijon mustard
a couple good gluts of olive oil

salt and pepper
4 slices of good quality bacon, cooked and crumbled
avocado, diced
chopped cilantro, parsley or basil, whichever you have on hand
grated Parmesan cheese, although any cheese you love would be delicious

Cook pasta according to instructions on the box. 

Meanwhile, whisk together the lemon juice, chili flakes, mustard, olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add to a large bowl. 

Once pasta is done, rinse with some cold water and drain well. Toss in to the bowl with the dressing and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine and season to taste. Top with Parmesan cheese and serve. 


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