Macaroni Salad

A simple Macaroni Salad is a must for summer entertaining.  A fresh and flavorful macaroni pasta salad that is a fitting side dish for your favorite grilled meats.  Pasta salad is one of the first things to disappear at  any party or potluck.  It’s an easy and filling dish to eat and it’s hard to mess up.  Backyard barbecues are never complete without this classic macaroni salad!

Macaroni Salad Recipe

Macaroni Salad

The macaroni salad has a lot of fresh and satisfying ingredients topped with a flavorful dressing.  This dish is great as the main star as well.  To make this a skinny dish, use light mayonnaise and sour cream.  This is the perfect pasta to get the summer started with.  It’s loaded with lots of fresh vegetables and herbs.

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Macaroni Salad

A fresh and flavorful macaroni pasta salad loaded with fresh avocado, bacon, chopped cherry tomatoes, a sweet and spicy handcrafted pickle blend and light sauce.  This dish is great for summer entertaining and will be the first thing gone. 

Skinny Macaroni Salad

For your next potluck or picnic, make a delicious and easy macaroni salad.  This classic macaroni salad is a crowd-pleaser at every cookout.  Make the most out of summer with the great taste of fresh vegetable and herbs and use it in this easy macaroni salad.  It’s a family favorite of mine and our family doesn’t do outdoor summer gatherings without this and grilled chicken and steak.

This classic macaroni salad is a hit at parties, barbecues and with adults and kids alike.  It is so easy to make you will never need to buy it in the Deli at the grocery store again!

A simple macaroni salad loaded with fresh avocado, bacon, chopped cherry tomatoes, a sweet and spicy handcrafted pickle blend and light sauce.  With so many cold pasta varieties like Italian pasta salad, chicken pasta salad, potato salad and other party dishes there is no need to resort to the same recipe every time.  Treat your family to a flavorful macaroni pasta salad with gourmet artisan food products!

Bacon Macaroni Salad

The Recipe

Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad

A fresh and flavorful macaroni pasta salad loaded with fresh avocado, bacon, chopped cherry tomatoes, a sweet and spicy handcrafted pickle blend and light sauce. This dish is great for summer entertaining and will be the first thing gone.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Pasta
Cuisine American
Servings 5 -9
Calories 342 kcal


  • 2 cups macaroni (elbow) noodles, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons Pommery Meaux Mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper , ground
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 5 pieces bacon or bacon bits , diced
  • 1 avocado , halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup green onions , diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes , halved
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil , chopped
  • 1/4 cup Backyard Brine Sweet Heat bread and butter jalapeño pickles , diced


  • In a medium saucepan on medium heat, allow pasta water to boil. Place pasta in pot with 1 tablespoon oil and cook according to directions. Once pasta is done, rinse off under cold water; set aside.
  • If using bacon, cook according to directions or if using bacon bits, chop up; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream and mustard then stir to combine. In the same bowl, add the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and stir well to combine; set aside.
  • Using a cutting board, dice green onions, cherry tomatoes, basil and pickles. Halve the avocado and remove the seed then peel and dice.
  • Combine mayonnaise/sour cream sauce with vegetable and fold until mixed. Add sauce mixture to cold pasta and toss with bacon.


To make this a healthier skinny macaroni salad, use low-fat or reduced fat sour cream and mayonnaise.
*To keep pasta fresh over a few days, combine sauce and noodles on the day of serving; store separate until then.


Calories: 342kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 6gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 317mgPotassium: 253mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 259IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate and it's accuracy is not guaranteed to be exact.

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  1. I love macaroni Salad because you can make it so many different ways. I will make the next batch the way you did, I know my family will love this new way.

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