BLT Macaroni Salad

“My DH always raved about my mom’s pasta salad until I found the inspiration for this recipe in TOH June 2002. Now he doesn’t like it any other way. I have modified the original recipe over the years & now need to post it here for safe-keeping because the clipping is falling apart. UPDATE: May 2010 – I’d like to add that this recipe has now been tested with gluten free pasta and turkey bacon and was just as delicious as the posted recipe. Keep in mind though that a little extra mayo was needed with the GF pasta. :)”
When tomatoes are at their best, there’s nothing better than a classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich—until now! Combining two American comfort foods—the BLT sandwich and pasta salad recipes—this BLT pasta salad is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Beyond the ripe tomatoes and crispy, salty bacon, the other star of this salad is the creamy dressing made with none other than zesty ranch seasoning mix. Mix up this cookout side to serve alongside saucy BBQ ribs and baked beans, or take it to your next outdoor summer potluck. It’ll be the first dish to go and everyone will want the recipe!

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!

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