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mel's blt dinner salad

Recipe by
Melanie Walker
Decatur, AL

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!!

yield 6 -8
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For mel's blt dinner salad

  • 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

  • Mel's BLT Dinner Salad
    In a large bowl mix together mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
  • 2
    Cook macaroni according to package directions and drain. (I use elbow macaroni or for a fancier look I use the bow tie to swirls.)
  • 3
    Mix 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.
  • Mel's BLT Dinner Salad
    I 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.