BLT Macaroni Salad

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Imagine your favorite BLT sandwich and summer macaroni salad eloped and had a baby. That’s exactly what this recipe is!

A bowl of macaroni salad with elbow macaroni, baby spinach, diced tomatoes, and crumbled bacon.BLT Macaroni Salad

Dads like bacon so I thought a bacon, lettuce and tomato summer pasta salad would be a perfect side dish for your Father’s Day picnic. The L in this BLT salad should really be an S but I didn’t like the sound of a BST.

If you’re a fan of a good BLT you might also like my Breakfast BLT Sandwich or my Breakfast BLT Salad.

I am really trying to like whole wheat pasta and used it today to give it another chance, but next time I am sticking with what I like for the same amount of points, either Ronzoni Smart Taste or Dreamfields as a lower carb option. You decide which pasta you prefer, you know your family and what they would eat, the points are the same. If you are on a gluten-free diet, the brown rice pasta is pretty good! To avoid having to add too much mayonnaise I think it’s best to make this right before serving as macaroni salads with mayo tend to get dry out if they sit too long therefore requiring more.

As I mentioned on my BLT lettuce wrap recipe, center cut bacon has less fat than regular bacon if you like the taste of real pork bacon, you can use turkey or chicken bacon instead if you don’t eat pork.

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Dads like bacon so I thought a bacon, lettuce and tomato summer pasta salad would be a perfect side dish for your Father's Day picnic. The L in this BLT salad should really be an S but I didn't like the sound of a BST.
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BLT Macaroni Salad

149 Cals 5.5 Protein 26.5 Carbs 4.5 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Yield: 7 servings
COURSE: Salad, Side Dish
CUISINE: American
Dads like bacon so I thought a bacon, lettuce and tomato summer pasta salad would be a perfect side dish for your Father's Day picnic. The L in this BLT salad should really be an S but I didn't like the sound of a BST.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz uncooked elbows, low carb or whole grain (brown rice pasta for gf)
  • 4 slices 25% reduced fat center cut bacon
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, beefsteak or vine ripe, diced small
  • 4 tbsp reduced fat mayonnaise, I used Hellman's
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 2 cups baby spinach

Instructions

  • In a large skillet cook bacon on medium-low heat until crispy on both sides.
  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Chop tomatoes and combine it along with any accumulated juice with mayonnaise and pepper in a medium bowl.
  • Drain pasta and rinse with cold water to cool.
  • Combine pasta with tomatoes and spinach mixing well. Toss in bacon right before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 149kcal, Carbohydrates: 26.5g, Protein: 5.5g, Fat: 4.5g, Sodium: 146.5mg, Fiber: 4g
WW Points Plus: 4
Keywords: Gluten Free

Bacon cooking in a skillet
A bowl of elbow macaroni, baby spinach, and diced tomatoes coated with creamy dressing

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  1. This is a yummy summer salad! I had never mixed spinach in with macaroni before, & it was really good, plus the bacon made it even more delicious. It’s a keeper!

  2. We loved this recipe. I’ve been making ST recipes for about 4 years now, and somehow this skipped right over my radar. It’s exceptional. I made it tonight with a simple grilled steak and some corn on the cob and it made the meal. Thanks Gina for another hit in this house. Bonus. Lots of leftovers for lunch.

  3. I used turkey bacon, and added garlic powder and chives.  In addition, I took the seeds and core out of the tomatoes before dicing them; then, while the pasta was still hot, I pressed those tomato innards over the pasta, extruding the tomato water so as to give the pasta a little extra flavor.  It was perfect!  I will definitely make this again.  An added benefit was that the salad (with the exception of the spinach and bacon) could be assembled a full day before, and didn’t get slimy since the seeds were gone.

  4. This was exactly what I was craving! Delish!

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  6. Have you ever tried to mke this with zucchini noodles?

  7. I don't eat mayonnaise. Do you have any suggestions for substitutions that will give it the same consistency? Thanks!

  8. I so love this recipe. I did make one minor change. Tell me if my thinking is wrong. 3 slices of Oscar Mayer center cut bacon is 2 points. This recipe is 7 servings. 2 Points divided by 7 servings would actually add no extra points.So yes, I used 7 slices of bacon instead of 4 for no extra points per serving? Am I delusional?

  9. Made this for dinner tonight. DELICIOUS!! Now to try not to eat the whole bowl!

  10. This was super yummy when I had it at a friend's house! We will be making this minus the spinach and making it warm 🙂

    I hope it tastes just as delicious!

  11. I like to add salsa instead of mayo–sometimes add a bit of pizza sauce with the salsa!

  12. Very good! Thank you!

  13. Would this work well as a potato salad?

  14. I just made this today for my girl's lunches this week. It is almost the end of the school year and we are all sick of sandwiches! They love it! I hope there is enough left for lunches because they keep picking at it! Thanks for sharing. My whole family loves all your recipes!

  15. Thank you for this delish Labor Day recipe idea! I've included your post in my 15 Delicious Labor Day BBQ Party Recipes round-up.

    Have a great week!

    http://stacymolter.com/2013/08/15-delicious-labor-day-bbq-party-recipes/

  16. My mom and I make this except we add cocktail sauce and lemon juice into the mayo. This is one of my favorite pasta salads.

  17. Thanks for this Gina – just made up a big batch for my lunches, and it's delicious! Yay! I recommend this for a quick, easy lunch option. And for only 4 points, it's a winner!