Macaroni salad is a party staple, whether you're hosting a potluck or a summer barbecue. Luckily, it's also extremely easy to make! But if you're looking to take your party grub to the next level, you'll want to make this BLT macaroni salad. Thanks to the simple addition of bacon, lettuce and tomato, you can infuse a simple macaroni salad with the best flavors of the classic sandwich. Plus, like all salads, you can easily adjust the ingredients to suit your liking. Read on for the recipe, below.

BLT macaroni salad

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Things You’ll Need

  • 16 ounces macaroni

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 8 to 10 strips of bacon, cooked and chopped

  • 1 1/4 cup romaine lettuce, roughly chopped

  • 1 cup tomato, seeded and diced

  • 1 cup celery, chopped (optional)

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, white vinegar or lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • Dash of paprika (optional)

BLT macaroni salad

Step 1

Combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, apple cider vinegar and spices in a bowl and mix well. Place the dressing in the refrigerator to chill.

Whisk dressing for macaroni salad


Feel free to adjust the spices according to your liking. For example, if you'd like an extra kick, add a dash or two of paprika. You can also add more or less apple cider vinegar depending on your desired level of tanginess.

Step 2

Cook the macaroni according to the package's directions.

Cook macaroni pasta

Step 3

In a large bowl, combine the cooked macaroni, lettuce, celery and bacon. Set aside some bacon for the topping.

Add macaroni, lettuce, celery and bacon in a bowl

Step 4

Toss until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Toss the macaroni with lettuce, celery and bacon

Step 5

Add the chilled dressing and mix well. Give it a taste and add more spices, if necessary. If the macaroni salad is too dry for your liking, add a few tablespoons of sour cream or mayonnaise.

Mix macaroni with dressing


Some people like to add shredded Cheddar cheese, diced red onions or croutons to this macaroni salad. Start with 1 cup of each ingredient and gradually increase from there.

Step 6

Chill the macaroni salad for at least 30 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes just before serving, and mix well.

Add tomatoes to the macaroni salad

Top with bacon and enjoy!

BLT macaroni salad topped with bacon


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