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Bacon Macaroni Salad Recipe

Bacon Macaroni Salad Recipe

This pleasing pasta salad is like eating a BLT in a bowl. Chock-full of crispy crumbled bacon, chopped tomato, celery and green onion, the sensational salad is draped in a tangy mayonnaise and vinegar dressing. It's a real crowd pleaser! —Norene Wright, Manilla, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD: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 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Bacon Macaroni Salad

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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!"

ElArKay User ID: 8625119 237635
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

"I followed this recipe exactly and it was pretty awful. It tasted like mayo with a little bacon flavor thrown in. This is the first time I've made a recipe with this many good reviews that turned out so badly. Beware unless you love eating mayo straight from the jar."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 232446
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2015

"This was really good. Love the bacon. I think it would also be good if made with ranch dressing instead of the mayo mixture."

randcbruns User ID: 828588 232430
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2015

"I'm always looking for new macaroni salad recipes. My family loves pasta but not the classic mustard/mayo based mac salad. This recipe for a HUGE hit with my picky family. The flavors blend together well once you give it time to sit together."

hupplarkshoney User ID: 8275660 230728
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2015

"Delicious! Just the two of us and my husband almost ate the whole dish ! He said if he was at a party he'd fill half his plate up with this salad. Very good."

I_Fortuna User ID: 8342880 229347
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

"Great salad! Sometimes I add sweet or dill pickle relish or both and some seasoning salt. Also, adding a little milk will thin out the dressing a little."

jeanemed User ID: 1512060 228949
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"Very good. If this is the main dish, I would not say that it serves 12. More like 6. I like lots of veggies so I tripled the tomatoes and doubled the celery. Really liked it--maybe I'll triple celery next time too. For the bacon, I used scissors and cut the raw bacon into small pieces and then fried it in a large Dutch oven and stired occasionally."

puffybloomers User ID: 1501090 228898
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2015

"Made this for 4th of July BBQ. after cooking the macaroni I realized it didn't make very much so had to cook up 2 more cups. so if you're bringing this to a party make sure you double the recipe.I added cubed cheddar cheese and a few T. spoons of ranch dressing powder. We thought it was very good."

cooksforpleasure User ID: 7174729 228356
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"I made this dish over the weekend for a pool party and it was a hit! The only thing I did different, was that I added a little more mayo than what the recipe called for and I added some Italian dressing to give it extra flavor. This will definitely remain in my recipe file for a delicious summertime salad. Great combination of flavors!"

hchambers User ID: 7140928 228178
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2015

"Great salad! I too added some cheddar cheese to it and I absolutely adore the addition of bacon. My husband is not a fan of macaroni salad but he love this one."

mom5 User ID: 32139 228110
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"Can't say thank you enough! I was so tired of making my standard macaroni salad and gave this one a try. It was a hit. And thanks to those that suggested Miracle Whip. Will try that this weekend!"

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 228104
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"I love the people here! We don't worry about carbs, fats, etc. We seem to be home cooks with a family to feed & please! Common sense suggestions to make this more flavorful, & realistic serving amounts. I really love you guys because we do home cooking, not the modern-day, always healthy stuff that our families don't enjoy! I've made this salad since it was in TOH in 2002, & it's been a favorite with our family of eight, now up to 13! I, too, add 8oz. of sharp cheddar cheese & any garden produce we have on hand. It changes a little every time I make it, & they always enjoy it!"

slocook805 User ID: 7734059 228099
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"Baconholic here so this is a good base recipe because you can take it and go from there. I use 1/2 tsp of fresh coarse ground black pepper instead 1/4 tsp. Also I add 5 leaves of Romaine lettuce, ribs removed, chopped to about the size of a quarter and 1 or 2, depending on the size, diced Hass avocados and a good full cup of grated sharp Cheddar cheese. Also I use the whole pkg of elbow macaroni. The mayo I use is my own home made, from an old Wesson oil recipe for mayo that came out in the 1930s. We love this salad but it certainly does not make 12 servings unless you're the food police. We like having some left over to snack on later."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 227910
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2015

"This was very good, but do make sure to season the macaroni with salt and pepper. It's just a tad too bland but with some added s&p, good stuff!!"

Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 227240
Reviewed May. 31, 2015

"My family and I loved this salad, but I did doctor it up quite a bit. I decided to follow a few of the other reviewers suggestions. For the dressing I used 1/4 cup of ranch dressing, one cup of mayo, vinegar, & Cajun seasoning. I also poured bacon grease over the noodles. I used the entire 1 lb box of noodles. I had a few items I needed to use up in the fridge, so I added a partial red pepper & green pepper in addition to the veggies listed in the recipe. I put 1/2 cup of Gorgonzola cheese and it was a perfectly flavored salad to go with our BBQ chicken. We added a splash of Italian dressing to the leftovers the next day and at it with grilled flank steak. Yum! Thank you all for your suggestions."

ReaderLouise User ID: 4153397 227103
Reviewed May. 29, 2015

"We thought this was very good, although I don't know how it could possibly serve 12 people! With a pound of bacon, I served it as a main dish, and it served four with no seconds. We do have big appetites though. I added a little Kraft Zesty Italian right before serving because it seemed a little dry."

MY REVIEW User ID: 6993142 226961
Reviewed May. 25, 2015

"I added some bacon drippings and made Miracle Whip part of the dressing along with the mayo and yet the flavor was still bland to me. I then "doctored" it up with more salt and some Cajun seasoning and only then did the salad have "presence" enough for my family's tastes. I will keep this in my Recipe Box with notes added for the above alterations."

Green.devonna User ID: 5724021 52967
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2014

"Make this all the time! A favorite!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 52966
Reviewed May. 25, 2014

"I can't believe I forgot to rate this one. I have been making this for several years and always get rave reviews. It's definitely a family favorite. I'll sometime use real bacon bits in place of cooked bacon and it comes out just as wonderful."

sjmdam User ID: 4248228 134706
Reviewed May. 5, 2014

"delicious! you must try this recipe. great for a grill out night"

maricarol1 User ID: 1866562 56957
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

"It is very easy to make and refreshing any time"

DoggieMom2 User ID: 5596773 85338
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"I've made this salad at least a dozen times by now. Everyone loves it. I usually use MiracleWhip (which is lower fat than real mayo) and it tastes delicious. I also mix in about 2 T or so of the bacon grease to the salad for more bacon flavor (bacon junkies here!). Great recipe!"

Francisca3032 User ID: 6052254 109422
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2013

"Love this salad, everyone asks for the recipe and no left overs ever. I actually get people complaining because I did not make enough after doubling the recipe. The only thing I do differently is I do not add the celery and pepper."

Francisca3032 User ID: 6052254 35394
Reviewed May. 27, 2013

"Fantastic recipe!!!!!!!!!! I rate this as a full five star recipe. It just was not letting me do the star rating part. Furthermore, I have been making this for years and everyone loves it. I actually searched it just to give it a rating. I initially got it from the taste of home magazine. Everyone that tastes it asks for the recipe and I never have left overs. My husband actually asks me to make batch for the house and the BBQ so he can have some when he wants a snack later because he knows it will be gone before we get home. I have even have people complain that I did not make enough because it is gone before they can even dish their plate at the bbqs. It is a keeper!!!!!!!!! I did not put celery in it or the pepper. I also let the bacon and veggies sit in sauce for five ten minutes before I pour over the noodles and I think it makes for better flavor."

mrenda User ID: 5393618 112864
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"My husband and I thought this was a very good salad. We will be making this again!"

MarcyC48 User ID: 2794696 40903
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

"I loved the ingredients but decided to add a few other veggies. I used green pepper and seeded cucumbers. The dressing in the recipe was not to the family's liking, and I did not use it 9n the salad. I substituted Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and the kids declared it a success!"

audrasaunt User ID: 4669441 101740
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

"I've made this salad several times. Each time it is a crowd pleaser!"

colleencauline User ID: 3703310 36093
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2012

"I was looking for something different to make as opposed to the usual stand-bys that I do, I found this and made it. I made a double batch and was lucky enough to get a small bowl of it. This will not sit around long at all.

It is our new favorite mac salad."

Spectacularcook User ID: 6135389 42570
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2012

"YUMMY! My husband loves it. I mad it twice in the last 2 weeks."

kshea User ID: 2698812 42568
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"No matter what mac salad recipe I make my husband always rates it "ok". This salade he liked and even had seconds! It seemed kind of "blah" so I added l/2 cup of sweet pickles, we thought it added alot."

jvmilkmaid User ID: 5518250 85324
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"very very good"

plainpatty User ID: 5986130 134705
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

"I added a little celery seed and used the extra pepper. Love it!!!"

teri396 User ID: 3790128 204995
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2012

"Made this with Tinkyada GF noodles very good"

audrasaunt User ID: 4669441 56955
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2012

"This is a great recipe. I've made it twice now. The first time just as written. The second time I didn't want to cook bacon (lazy I guess) so I used a package of Real Bacon. Still good.!"

darowan07 User ID: 3714352 101738
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"pretty good I made this for church gathering and everyone gobbled it up. I added some extra mayonnaise and it need a little more kick, so extra vinegar too."

Flwrgirl78 User ID: 6157682 79501
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"This has become our favorite pasta salad. Everywhere I take it there are rave reviews. It is excellent!~"

Eve28546 User ID: 6109879 86463
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"My family loves this salad."

pineflatslady User ID: 6201037 129428
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2011

"I made this for a party of 50 and had many compliments. If you like a tangy dressing, you'll love this recipe."

pineflatslady User ID: 6201037 56952
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"I made this for a party of 50 and had many compliments. It easy to make and if you like a tangy dressing, you'll like this!!"

pineflatslady User ID: 6201037 35393
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"I made this recipe for a group of 50 and had many compliments. It's very easy and if you like a tangy dressing, you'll like this!!"

anaJG User ID: 6119797 35390
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2011

"This was very good I used mustard instead of the vinegar and my husband and I both loved it I would make this again for any family get togethers."

sunnyjewel User ID: 2097153 52963
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"This is so good. Every time I make it for a potluck, the bowl is empty right away! Love it!"

Mouse_Nibbles User ID: 2747948 109393
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"I actually have been making this recipe for several years since it was first published in one of the TOH mags! I often substitute cooked mini shrimp for the bacon, but I always get compliments when I take either version to potlucks!"

tperry3 User ID: 2790802 35385
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2011

"Tjis recipe is different from any other macaroni salad out there. It is really good, and my family loves it"

mrsvette User ID: 834250 134704
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"We love this salad! It's easy to make and also

easy on the wallet. Goes with everything!"

Fire291 User ID: 934301 62763
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"One of my favorites! Making it again for our Homecoming at church. I always substitute grape tomatoes!"

LIZAMARIA User ID: 149269 129427
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2010

"I have made this recipe many times, and it is always a hit. Very easy too."

werinbc User ID: 117053 85315
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2010

"My whole family loves this one, and we've doubled and tripled it for potlucks. My 13 year old even makes it because he thinks its super easy. We also like to add chunks of cucumber, very refreshing."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 204994
Reviewed May. 30, 2010

"This macaroni salad was ok, but I've had better. Flavor was a bit bland for me."

conyop User ID: 1752962 204993
Reviewed May. 22, 2010

"There was too much mayonnaise."

momof2nc User ID: 4466256 112858
Reviewed May. 3, 2010

"This is very good. As I went to write the review, I realized I left out the vinegar when I made this ): Still very good without it! I plan to take this to a church dinner in a few weeks. Fast and simple!"

momtomatt User ID: 1197551 109336
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2010

"I love this recipe! One of my favorite recipes for pasta salad. It's also very easy to make. I get compliments and recipe requests whenever I make it. I use light mayo (not miracle whip) and it does not affect the flavor or texture."

kimmysue1 User ID: 1384413 35382
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"I like this salad. It is especially good with fresh garden tomatoes and really great butcher shop bacon!"

twinkle_toes User ID: 544493 79500
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"I take this salad to pot lucks often, especially in the summer. It is definitely a crowd pleaser."

CAcookie User ID: 3784570 109335
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2009

"Yummy! A great summer side dish or potluck dish. This appeals to many rather than a few."

netsie User ID: 151625 112856
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2009

"This salad is excellent. Everytime I make it I receive compliments and requests for the recipe. Everything is better with bacon !!!!


Mouse_Nibbles User ID: 2747948 109271
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2009 Edited Jun. 17, 2011

"I get many requests to bring this salad to potlucks and even wedding receptions!! My secret: I substitute 2 large handfuls of cooked mini shrimp for the bacon--everyone thinks they're being treated like royalty!"

sandyshores User ID: 2724858 56950
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2009

"I have been making this recipe for many years now. I have been told that I can't come to summer parties w/o this salad. It is a family favorite & whenever I introduce it to a new group of people, they beg for the recipe. This one's fantastic!"

lilcricket5 User ID: 3432224 101488
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2009

"I took this to a church potluck and didnt get much reaction at all. My husband taste tested it for me before I took it and he said it tasted like macaroni with mayo on it. Neither of us could understand why the name was blt when it tasted nothing like that. We love macaroni salads but this one wasnt the least bit impressive. Had much better."

dmaier User ID: 1405178 204992
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2009

"Very good! Word of advice - 12 servings = 6 if you have big eaters."

mrsdarcy24 User ID: 1496049 86461
Reviewed May. 16, 2008

"This is my favorite Macaroni Salad, it's so yummy! I use green peppers instead of celery, it's a crowd pleaser! I make it several times during summer time."

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