BLT Pasta Salad

This BLT Pasta Salad is such a fun twist on a classic recipe. It’s bursting with tomatoes, green onions, and plenty of crisp bacon. 

My whole family loves this BLT pasta salad recipe. It's packed with bacon, tomatoes, and green onions.
I’m sorry, okay? I just can’t help myself. I like bacon. It’s who I am. It’s what I do. It’s an integral part of me and I won’t deny it.

My mama once stuck bacon flavored lip balm in my stocking, alongside some bacon flavored toothpicks.

Clearly I have a reputation.

Even with all of that love for bacon flowing through my veins, the first time I tried this BLT macaroni salad, I really didn’t have high hopes.

Macaroni salad should have mayonnaise, eggs, and green olives and that’s about it! That’s the way my mama made it and my mama couldn’t be wrong. Try my mama’s macaroni salad recipe next!

Who decided it was okay to add bacon? And tomatoes! In a macaroni salad? Who the heck authorized that?

The BLT pasta salad recipe is perfect for summer! Loaded with bacon, tomatoes, and green onions.

I am happy to report that bacon and tomatoes in a macaroni salad is actually completely legal and very yummy.

Who knew that pasta salad with mayo, bacon, and tomatoes would be so outrageously good anyway?

You have to try this pasta salad with mayo, bacon, and tomatoes!

This would be a perfect side dish for just about any kind of grilled meat. Macaroni salad just screams summer. Of course, it’s also good with my turkey meatloaf.

Pasta salad with mayo, bacon, tomatoes, and green onions! Perfect for summer.

I hate to admit that any time I make this for my little family, I end up eating the leftovers for breakfast every day until it’s finally gone. I mean, it has BACON. It’s kinda breakfast food, right?

Quit judging me.

Oh, and if anyone asks what the “L” stands for in the “BLT” portion of this dish, just stick your tongue out at them and then eat their share. That’ll teach ’em.

Or, if you’re a stickler for proper abbreviations, I’ve heard that some chopped romaine works really well in this dish too. I haven’t tried myself, but if I did, I’d stir it in just before serving. Nobody wants wilty lettuce, my friends.

BLT Pasta Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 20 mins
Serves serves 10     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1lb. macaroni
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 2 medium-large tomatoes
  • 2-3 bunches of green onions, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add macaroni. Cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and pour into large mixing bowl.
  2. Fry 8 slices of bacon and, when cool enough to handle, crumble into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
  3. Chop tomatoes and green onions, add to small mixing bowl. Mix in mayonnaise and vinegar. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Pour mayonnaise mixture over macaroni and stir together well. Chill for 2 hours.
  5. Stir in the bacon just before serving. Top with extra green onions, as desired.

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Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 428kcal Calories from fat 247
% Daily Value
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 286mg 12%
Carbohydrate 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 9g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

(These images were updated April 2017 – original image below!)

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