Dill Macaroni Salad
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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
Author [email protected]

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:

  • 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.
  • 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:

  • To a large mixing bowl, add celery, sweet pickles, green onions, red bell pepper, dill, parsley, real bacon bits, salt, pepper, mustard and mayonnaise.  
  • Stir together until all ingredients are incorporated.
  • Do a taste test and add more salt if needed.

For the Macaroni Salad:

  • To the bowl, add the cooked macaroni pasta and gently stir together until the pasta is coated with the dressing.
  • Serve right away or serve chilled.  Garnish with bits of bacon.

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.