Recipe by ReneeW.
"Macaroni salad can sometimes be a little boring. So one day I just started adding extra ingredients and this is what I came up with. The whole family love's it! This recipe is even better if served the next day so that all of the flavors are well-incorporated. Enjoy!"
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red onion, diced very small
green bell pepper, diced very small
1 (1 ounce) package
ranch salad dressing mix
1 (8 ounce) package
Cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
I used red bell pepper instead of green, reduced fat mayonnaise and homemade dry ranch seasoning mix. My husband and kids liked it but it was unanimous that it needs double the bacon, for us at least. Great quick pasta salad. EDITED: My husband said this was even better the next day, after it had sat. He ate all the leftovers.
This doesn't call for salt and pepper but it sure needed it! I also felt it was a tad dry and needed more dressing. Fixing these things would make this 4*. Made for Western Region Allstars Faceless Frenzy July 2012.
I'm always happy to be the first reviewer of a new recipe and report that I enjoyed it and recommend it. This is not a unique pasta salad, but it's a good one, and the submitter is correct - the bacon and cheddar DOES make it better. In this case, I needed something at the last minute and this was good, filling and simple. I find that often it's the basic recipes, the non-fussy, non-fancy recipes, that are the best. I stuck pretty much to the submitter's intent, only adding a little sour cream as I always do to mayonnaise-based salads to mellow out the tang of the mayo, and some thawed, frozen peas. This was exactly what I had in mind for our impromptu, grilled burgers dinner tonight.
This was right up our alley. I did mix mayo with sour cream as another reviewer recommended. Great ranch flavor and super quick to prepare. Highly recommend!
This recipe is really good. Added more of the ranch mixture. Try heating up. It's excellent. Actually better hot.
this recipe was a nice alternative to classic mac salad. I just had to substitute some sour cream because I ran out of mayo, but it was just fine that way. yum!
This was so good and it is especially good the next day, if you actually have leftovers.
WOW! This is really, really tasty! I added a little more mayo to add moisture, and of course, more bacon. YUM!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 318
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