Bacon Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Bacon Macaroni Salad Recipe

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This creamy pasta salad is like eating a BLT in a bowl. Chock-full of crispy crumbled bacon, chopped tomato, celery and green onion, it's draped in a tangy mayonnaise and vinegar dressing. A real crowd pleaser! —Norene Wright, Manilla, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 5 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 5 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 290 calories, 25g fat (5g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 387mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in tomato, celery and green onions.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour over macaroni mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours. Just before serving, stir in bacon. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as BLT Macaroni Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2002, p33

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Catherine M User ID: 4074232 254733
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2016

"A great base recipe to start with! Made this for Labor Day party and made it again since then. I added a little garlic powder and used champagne vinegar and a little bit of dill pickle juice to zip it up. Best of compliments: a clean bowl!"

leolion User ID: 323787 253228
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2016

"What a big hit!! Everyone loved it at our party! Will make it again!"

kfnb User ID: 8771061 251798
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2016

"I made this for my husband's birthday barbecue last month. We had a few people over and the bowl was empty at the end of the meal."

sweetpeamrsc User ID: 8774979 251766
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2016

"I doubled this recipe and only used 2 tsp of vinegar. Used more salt and pepper. Brought it to a large family gathering and everyone loved i! Lots of compliments."

CHEFOFTHEFUTURE User ID: 8203061 249709
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2016

"I saw this same salad in the Jewels Food Store Deli. Bought a half pound. Figured out simple ingredients, looked up recipe, found this one. Only difference is they added cheddar cheese, green and red pepper. I added 1/2 cup Cesar dressing, and little grlic powder. YUMMMM."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 248803
Reviewed May. 30, 2016

"I added an extra tomato and everyone loved it."

Poupchik User ID: 8844307 248167
Reviewed May. 13, 2016

"Loved it, loved it, loved it, that's how many times I've made it so far, and will continue, also have many requests for the recipe! Bless your heart Norene."

mwalburn User ID: 8000170 248117
Reviewed May. 12, 2016

"I just want to add that I make this same dish but add shredded cheddar cheese.....It is a dish everyone loves."

1914skin User ID: 8300958 244177
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2016

"Oh my, oh my! An absolute keeper!!!! I just tweeked it a little by adding garlic powder to the mayo mixture, and toasted, slivered almonds to mix in when adding the bacon crisps, just a little added crunch. Thank you so much for the recipe! Enjoyed by all!"

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 241291
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"Great recipe-entire family enjoyed. We made as a meal and added some garlic powder and a couple handfuls of fresh spinach as well. Will be a fantastic potluck dish. Thanks for sharing!"

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