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Loaded Macaroni Salad with Bacon

Macaroni salad is so delicious and wonderful to have on hand for a quick side dish or snack.

This macaroni salad is filled to the brim with flavors and textures.

For crunch, there’s celery, red bell pepper, sweet pickles and onion.

The subtle flavor from the fresh dill and bacon bits tastes heavenly in combination with all of the ingredients.

I especially love that when the pasta is cooked al dente (firm), there’s a light heartiness to the overall dish.

It’s really important to add enough salt to this macaroni salad which really brings out the flavors.  So just before serving do a quick taste test and add more salt if needed.

Here are two more amazingly delicious salads you may like “Easy Potato Salad with Egg” and “Homestyle Elbow Macaroni Salad

Let’s check out the ingredients.

For the Pasta – salad macaroni (diti pasta), water and salt

For the Vegetables and Dressing – celery, green onions, sweet pickles, red bell pepper, real bacon bits, fresh dill, fresh Italian parsley, salt, pepper, prepared yellow mustard, and mayonnaise

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Pasta:

In a medium size saucepan, add water and salt.  Bring the water to a boil and add the macaroni pasta.

Cook until al dente according to package instructions.

Drain the pasta but don’t rinse it.  Set aside.

TIP – Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the dressing so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.

For the Vegetables and Dressing:

Chop the celery…

…and add it to a large bowl.

Next chop the sweet pickles (about 3 or 4 sweet pickles depending on the size), and add them to the bowl.

Chop the green onions,

…and the red bell pepper.  Add them to the bowl.

To the bowl add bacon,

…chopped Italian parsley and dill,

…salt, pepper, mustard and…

…mayonnaise.  Stir together.

For the Macaroni Salad:

To the bowl, add the cooked macaroni.

Gently stir together until the macaroni is coated with the dressing.

Serve right away or serve chilled.  Garnish with bits of bacon and enjoy.

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More Side Dishes You May Like:

Sautéed Mushrooms, Pepperoni & Bell Peppers

Simple Coleslaw

Grilled Corn with Basil and Gorgonzola Blue Cheese

Broccoli, Bacon and Mandarin Orange Salad

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Print Recipe

Loaded Macaroni Salad with Bacon

Filled to the brim with delicious flavors and textures.

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Macaroni Salad, Pasta Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

For the Macaroni Pasta:

  • 1 cup uncooked salad macaroni (diti pasta)
  • 3 teaspoons salt for the boiling water
  • Water for boiling the pasta

For the Vegetables and Dressing:

  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped sweet pickles
  • 2 green onions chopped (including the green top part)
  • 1 red bell pepper stem and seeds removed, and chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh dill stem ends cut off; and chopped (including the stems)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

Instructions

For the Pasta:

  1. In a medium size saucepan, add water and salt.  Bring the water to a boil and add the macaroni pasta.  

  2. Cook until al dente according to package instructions.  Drain the pasta but don't rinse it.  Set aside.

  3. Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the dressing so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.

For the Vegetables and Dressing:

  1. To a large mixing bowl, add celery, sweet pickles, green onions, red bell pepper, dill, parsley, real bacon bits, salt, pepper, mustard and mayonnaise.  

  2. Stir together until all ingredients are incorporated.

  3. Do a taste test and add more salt if needed.

For the Macaroni Salad:

  1. To the bowl, add the cooked macaroni pasta and gently stir together until the pasta is coated with the dressing.

  2. Serve right away or serve chilled.  Garnish with bits of bacon.

Recipe Notes

TIP

  1. Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.

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