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BLT Macaroni Salad

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BLT Macaroni Salad
10 Min

Okay, so you won't find any lettuce in this BLT Macaroni Salad, but we have put in extra-green and flavorful baby spinach. We think it gives this macaroni salad recipe a tasty new twist! Serve it to your gang and see how much they'll love it!

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped baby spinach

What to Do

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add pasta and remaining ingredients; mix well, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • You may need to add a little extra mayo before serving, if it's a bit drier than you like after refrigeration.
  • Macaroni salad is favorite around here! If that's the case in your home, too, you'll want to check out our collection here!

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 12

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 249
  • Calories from Fat 83
  • Total Fat 9.3g 14 %
  • Saturated Fat 1.8g 9 %
  • Trans Fat 0.0g 0 %
  • Protein 7.4g 15 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 11mg 4 %
  • Sodium 467mg 19 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 34g 11 %
  • Dietary Fiber 1.5g 6 %
  • Sugars 2.6g 0 %

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Can you make this a day ahead?

Hello! Yes, you can make this a day in advance, but the Test Kitchen recommends adding the bacon and spinach the day of, along with extra mayonnaise because the pasta absorbs mayo so may be a little dry. Enjoy!

Boy does that take me back, macaroni salad. My auntie would make this during the summer when we would visit. I never made it for myself but I would enjoy her recipe and often told her that. I like the BLT version. I just may have to try this and send her the recipe as well.

When my sister went off to college, on her visits home she would often introduce us to something new. Macaroni Salad was one of those new things she introduced to the family. I like this version and I can not wait to try it.

I love this salad and it tastes just like a BLT. I've made it for my workplace four times now because everyone loves it and they have asked for the recipe. I've even sent it up North to relatives that love pasta salads. You can't go wrong with this. I always double the recipe because I'm usually feeding that many and if there is any leftovers from one day to the next - it tastes even better. Enjoy!

Living in S Fla, I'm always looking for cold pasta salad recipes. This one is my new July 4th salad, beating out even my pineapple macaroni salad lol. Thanks bunches.

Could you use head lettuce in place of the spinach?

Hi there, the only substitute that we recommend for the spinach in this recipe is Romaine lettuce because head lettuce will not hold correctly. Enjoy!

Nothing better than a BLT either as a salad or sandwich. I must give this a try.

Thanks for this recipe. It really did have the taste of a BLT. My Dad is having radiation and this hot summer is really getting to him. This was just the thing he needed to keep him cool and I loved the added spinach. Thanks again. -)

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Did you use mayo or Miracle Whip? Which would be better? Thanks!

Hi there! The Test Kitchen used mayonnaise when making this recipe, but we believe that a salad dressing spread such as Miracle Whip would be an equal substitution. Enjoy!

I want to try this recipe for a pot luck at work, but I don't have any bacon, I do have bacon bits. I was wondering can I substitute the cooked bacon for bacon bits ? If so how much would I use

We suggest substituting 3/4 cup bacon bits for the real thing. :)

This is absolutely delicious! I make it according to the recipe and get rave reviews!

This has been my 'go to' summer salad ever since it was first featured on Mr. Food several years ago. It's yummy when prepared strictly according to the recipe, but over the years I've modified it some to suit our tastes. I add 1/4 cup or so of bacon-ranch dressing in addition to the mayo that the recipe calls for, and also add a generous handful or two of finely shredded cheddar and 2 or 3 chopped scallions. This is a fun recipe to use as a jumping-off point if you want to tinker in the kitchen.


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