Mel's BLT Dinner Salad

Melanie Walker


A variation of this salad originally appeared in Taste of the South's May issue and was served as a side salad. After looking the recipe over and giving it my "Mel" twist this is a dinner salad we serve regularly and enjoy with crusty bread and a cool glass of lemonade. I doubled - and then some - the amount of bacon and arranged the ingredients to our family's tastes. It's a big hit and much requested. Hope you enjoy!!

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20 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


2 c
1/3 c
apple cider vinegar
2 tsp
2 tsp
garlic powder
2 tsp
black pepper
2 lb
macaroni, elbox
1-2 lb
bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 c
grape tomatoes, halved
4 c
lettuce leaves, roughly cut

How to Make Mel's BLT Dinner Salad


  • 1In a large bowl mix together mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
  • 2Cook macaroni according to package directions and drain. (I use elbow macaroni or for a fancier look I use the bow tie to swirls.)
  • 3Mix macaroni bacon, tomatoes, and lettuce into the large bowl with the mayonnaise mixture. Make this recipe ahead and serve chilled for best results - but beware ... we never could wait that long.
  • 4I serve this salad as a main dish meal with crusty bread or rolls. It goes fast at family get-to-gethers and is great the next day to serve as leftovers.

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About Mel's BLT Dinner Salad

Course/Dish: Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #Summer, #blt, #salad