Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Macaroni Salad Recipe -
Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Macaroni Salad

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"The delicious flavors of crisp crumbled bacon and tangy fresh tomato that you love in a BLT sandwich dress up a bowl of macaroni salad that's perfect for a light lunch or side dish."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    2 hrs 30 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water until chilled. Transfer macaroni to a large salad bowl.
  2. Stir mayonnaise, vinegar, celery, tomato, green onions, Cheddar cheese, salt, and black pepper into macaroni until thoroughly combined. Cover and chill salad at least 2 hours.
  3. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels. Let bacon cool; crumble when cooled.
  4. Mix bacon into macaroni salad to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 18, 2012

Absolutely delicious. Make sure you crumble crisp bacon well and put in close to the time that you serve this salad so it will be nice and crisp. The celery takes the place of lettuce, and the macaroni takes the place of bread. have a BLT

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 15, 2013


Oct 07, 2012

This really is good. I used reduced fat mayo and cheddar and center cut bacon to lighten it, and it tastes delicious. The white vinegar really gives a little tang to the mayo-based dressing. I did squeeze out some of the tomato seeds and juice for fear of it thinning out the dressing. I agree with the last reviewer, add the bacon right before serving, otherwise, it will get soggy.

Nov 13, 2012

made this for lunch @ work, got rave reviews. Must use real mayo but you can 1/2 it

Apr 29, 2013

Okay, this is like the best food ever. The husband, who is not a fan of macaroni salads loved it. I made no changes to the recipe and it was delicious. I was thinking I might add a seeded cucumber next time, but it is perfect as is. Yummy!!!

Jun 21, 2013

I liked this recipe very much! I'm always counting my calories so I used light mayo, nobody noticed the difference, try it this way.

Jul 02, 2013

Very nice salad, however I didn't find the lettuce. I assume you serve it over a bed of chopped lettuce. I also added halved cherry tomatoes (kept it cleaner and tidy) and diced hard-boiled eggs (my husband's request). I also included some fresh dill (our love). I will make this again!

Jul 02, 2013

This is a perfect combination for a macaroni salad! I have to say to the reviewer that said she couldn't find the lettuce that I have never before heard of a macaroni salad with lettuce, though it would certainly be pretty sitting on top of a leaf. I do like the idea of adding the hard boiled eggs though and will next time. I have to wonder who determined that dill pickles and jalapeno are mandatory in such a dish. Ugh. Delicious salad and thanks for posting it.


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  • Calories
  • 322 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 27 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 25.3 g
  • 39%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 8.6 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 507 mg
  • 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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