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Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Macaroni Salad

Grady Sullivan

"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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2 h 30 m servings 322 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Calories:
  • 322 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 25.3 g
  • 39%
  • Carbs:
  • 15.5g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 8.6 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 27 mg
  • 9%
  • Sodium:
  • 507 mg
  • 20%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

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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...

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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...

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. ...

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

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 cucumb...

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 eg...

Really enjoyed this. The only change I made was to use grape tomatoes and cut them into need to seed. Reminds me of the traditional Midwestern macaroni salad my grandmother mad...

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.

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...

I made this recipe today and it tasted great, but I did make some changes. I was trying to use up some produce I had on hand, so I used the following: 1/2 cup chopped leeks instead of green oni...