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BLT Macaroni Salad in a bowl

BLT Macaroni Salad

Based on one of my favorite classic sandwich recipes, this BLT Macaroni Salad is loaded with flavor. It's a tasty and unique twist on classic pasta salad with a traditional flavor combination everyone will love!
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, blt, pasta salad, tomatoes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 367kcal


  • 1 pound pasta of your choice cooked al dente according the package directions
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon cooked and chopped
  • 2 cups baby arugula Spinach leaves or chopped romaine would work as well.
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil julienned
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper optional


  • Begin by preparing your pasta according to the package directions. Drain and rinse the pasta under cold water until cool. Drain well. Transfer the pasta to a large bowl.
  • Top the pasta with the halved tomatoes, bacon, and arugula.In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, apple cider vinegar, fresh basil, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper until well combined.
  • Pour the dressing over the pasta, tomatoes, bacon, arugula. Stir gently using a large spoon until the pasta is completely coated. Chill for at least one hour before serving.


Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 923mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 492IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg