BLT Macaroni Salad Recipe

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Randy is here again today to talk about one of his new favorite dishes, this BLT Macaroni Salad Recipe that I regularly make for picnics and potlucks. There are a few macaroni salad recipes we like, but when bacon, baby spinach, and tomatoes get together with pasta, something special happens. I’ll let Randy tell you more about it. Take it away, Randy!

BLT Macaroni Salad

When I think of macaroni salad, I think of eating outdoors. I normally enjoy macaroni salad at picnics or tailgate parties, or church luncheons. It’s easy to make a lot of it at one time, it goes with many different main dishes, it travels well, and it’s so familiar that even picky eaters will scarf it down. What’s more, if you make extra, macaroni salad makes for great leftovers right out of the fridge.

This BLT Macaroni Salad Recipe is everything that’s great about mac salad and more. It’s satisfying but not too rich, and it can be a meal in itself. The vegetables are pretty in there, but they aren’t just for show. The tomatoes and the greens just taste great together, and they are the perfect compliment to the crispy bacon. There’s a reason BLT sandwiches are so popular.

easy macaroni salad recipe

I am not always the most polite person around large outdoor spreads of food. That’s because outdoor food spreads involve fried chicken, and there’s almost never enough fried chicken to go around. I do what it takes to make sure I get some prime fried chicken pieces.

Sometimes I begin conversations with the person who is closest to the chicken platter right before the dinner bell rings just to claim the best real estate. Or, before the meal, when no one is looking, I conceal one of the chicken plates with a dishtowel. One time I brought a casserole lid from home labeled ‘pickled sardines’ that I used to cover the best-looking fried chicken plate.

macaroni with bacon

A few BLT Macaroni Salad recipe notes:

  • You can store this homemade BLT macaroni salad in the fridge for up to 2 days. 
  • The combination of tomatoes, bacon and spinach is definitely the best but the mix in can be slightly switched inf yo don’t have some of the ingredients on hand. You can add cherry tomatoes instead of regular ones; you can use spinach or lettuce. 
  • The mayo and sour cream dressing can be mixed with the macaroni the night before and refrigerated that way. 
  • Add all your mix-ins a couple of hours or right before serving, if possible, for the best texture and results! 

The best thing about Amy’s BLT Macaroni Salad Recipe is I don’t need to bully my way to the chicken to eat well. If I get boxed out, and all the legs and wings are gone before I get there, I can still eat something delicious and satisfying. And I can look down my nose at those fried chicken bullies.

Thanks, Randy! Lesson of the day: Don’t get between Randy and the fried chicken unless you have a batch of BLT Macaroni Salad as a backup. Enjoy!

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BLT Macaroni Salad Recipe

BLT macaroni salad on a white plate

BLT Macaroni Salad Recipe

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A tasty macaroni salad with all the flavors of a BLT.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 8 pieces of bacon, crumbled
  • 1 cup seeded and diced tomato
  • 1 cup roughly chopped baby spinach

Instructions

  1. Cook macaroni according to package instructions. Drain.
  2. Mix together remaining ingredients, and toss with macaroni until combined.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Originally published September 26, 2014. Last updated July 28. 2021.