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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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 equals 290 calories, 25 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 387 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Reviews for Bacon Macaroni Salad

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MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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!!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2014

"Make this all the time! A favorite!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 5, 2014

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

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

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

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

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

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

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2012

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

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"very very good"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2012

"Made this with Tinkyada GF noodles very good"

MY REVIEW
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.!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"My family loves this salad."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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!!"

MY REVIEW
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!!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

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

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2011

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

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

easy on the wallet. Goes with everything!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2010

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

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 30, 2010

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 22, 2010

"There was too much mayonnaise."

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2009

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

MY REVIEW
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 !!!!

Annette"

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2009

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

MY REVIEW
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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