Here’s what you will need:
1 pound pasta (of your choice), cooked al dente according the package directions
8 ounces cherry tomatoes, cut in half
8 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and chopped
2 cups baby arugula (Spinach leaves or chopped romaine would work as well.)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh basil, julienned
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
Begin by preparing your pasta according to the package directions. Drain and rinse the pasta under cold water until cool. Drain well. Transfer the pasta to a large bowl.
Top the pasta with the halved tomatoes, bacon, and arugula.In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, apple cider vinegar, fresh basil, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper until well combined.
Pour the dressing over the pasta, tomatoes, bacon, arugula. Stir gently using a large spoon until the pasta is completely coated. Chill for at least one hour before serving.