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Bacon Macaroni Salad

This pleasing pasta salad is like eating a BLT in a bowl. Filled with crispy bacon, chopped tomato, celery and green onion, the sensational salad is coated with a tangy mayonnaise and vinegar dressing. It’s a real crowd-pleaser! —Norene Wright, Manilla, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 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


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in tomato, celery and green onions.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 402 calories, 33g fat (6g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 622mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • Christie
    Oct 12, 2020

    This is a great recipe. I made if for my husband and he loved it.

  • Mary
    Sep 5, 2020

    Great recipe. I used cherry tomatoes as that’s what the garden is overflowing with! I can only hope cooks reach a point of reading a recipe and assessing if the types of seasonings or quantity of seasonings suits their tastes. And then decide how or if you wish to make said recipe. We enjoyed this with additional fresh ground black pepper. Thank you

  • Karen
    Sep 1, 2020

    My go to macaroni salad!

  • Colleen
    Aug 27, 2020

    There is something wrong in this recipe. No way would this be 12 servings of 3/4 cup each. Itand#039;s maybe 6 cups total, and thatand#039;s after I added additional tomato, celery and a little extra pasta. I donand#039;t know about you, but my idea of a main dish salad like this, with a pound of bacon in it, would be more than 3/4 cup - so please investigate and fix this. Otherwise this had good flavor.

  • Tammy
    Aug 26, 2020


  • Robby1
    Jul 30, 2020

    Just tried this salad and it is a keeper!! Husband commented at least 3 times how good it was. I cut the recipe in half for the two of us and it was perfect with some leftover for next day. Husband again told me 3 times how good it is.

  • robbrd
    Oct 1, 2019

    I've been making this since it first appeared in a magazine over 10 years ago. We love this simple salad.

  • Smurfydaze
    Sep 26, 2019

    The family and I thought this salad was delicious! Am already planning on making it again!

  • fmmslkl
    Aug 5, 2019

    I can’t understand the downers on this recipe. I took it to a large get together an even with doubling of the recipe there was none left and people were asking for more. This recipe is a keeper. I made sure I used Real Mayo. Great salad!

  • Kimi
    Jul 27, 2019

    Well, I made it and felt like it was just like something my mom or grandma would make. Maybe it is because I too am from Indiana. maybe because both sides of my family in a weird way are Wrights! Maybe that is why I liked it. Too I miss my grandparents and my mom. Probably the taste buds in the mid-west are far different than other regions. If you're concerned about soybean oil then I know there are other mayo's you buy. Or make your mayo from scratch. I find it unfair that someone would call this a loser or anyone's recipe a loser. Just simply state that if it was not for your taste buds instead of insulting someone's recipe. That might have hurt their feelings. I frankly thought when I saw that...I will not dare share any of my families recipes because of how insulting people can be. In this day.