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BLT Macaroni Salad

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Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, blt, pasta salad, tomatoes
Servings: 12
Prep Time 30 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
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!


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 367kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 8gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 923mgPotassium: 204mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 492IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
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