BLT Macaroni Salad With Bacon

BLT Macaroni Salad
BLT Macaroni Salad. Diana Rattray
  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: About 6 to 8 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
437 Calories
32g Fat
15g Carbs
21g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 6 to 8 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 437
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 910mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 21g
Calcium 49mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This delicious macaroni salad is the perfect combination of flavors for BLT lovers.

Plenty of crumbled bacon gives the salad excellent smoky flavor, while the fresh tomatoes and lettuce add color and texture, making it a fabulous salad to serve with any summer meal. Use macaroni or a similar pasta, such as mini penne or rotini, or ditalini.

Ingredients

  • 10 slices bacon (thickly sliced; about 12 ounces)
  • black pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces macaroni (about 2 cups dry)
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 small red onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 ribs celery (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (fresh, chopped)
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise (or to taste)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 dash garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tomatoes (sliced)
  • Garnish: lettuce leaves or shredded lettuce

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 375 F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a rack in the pan.

  2. Place the bacon on the rack in the prepared pan. Sprinkle the bacon lightly with pepper and bake for about 25 minutes, or until browned and crisp. Set aside.

  3. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water following package directions. Drain in a colander and rinse under cool water; set aside.

  4. Dice or crumble the cooked bacon and add to a large bowl along with the chopped eggs, onion, celery, and parsley.

  5. Add the pasta and toss to combine ingredients.

  6. Add mayonnaise, lemon juice, and garlic powder. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

  7. Mix well, adding more mayonnaise, if desired.

  8. On salad plates, arrange lettuce leaves or shredded lettuce and a few slices of fresh tomato. Top the lettuce and tomatoes with about 1/2 to 1 cup of macaroni salad.

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