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A bowl of herbed bacon macaroni salad with fresh parsley and lemon slices on the side.

Herbed Bacon Macaroni Salad

  • Author: Amanda McGrory-Dixon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x


Looking for a twist on your classic macaroni salad? With its fresh herb, citrusy dressing and smoky bacon, this summer salad boasts a flavorful new take on a traditional favorite side dish. Serve this easy-to-make herbed bacon macaroni salad at your next grill-out and your guests are in for one delicious summer meal.



1 3/4 cups dried macaroni
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup torn basil leaves
1/2 cup parsley leaves, removed from stems
2 garlic cloves, minced or grated
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon chopped chives
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup cooked bacon, crumbled, about 6 slices


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to help cool the pasta.
  2. In a food processor, add the mayonnaise, basil leaves, parsley leaves, garlic, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, chives, honey, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add the macaroni to a large mixing bowl and pour mayonnaise dressing on top. Add the hard-boiled eggs, celery, red onion and cooked bacon. Stir until it becomes one cohesive mixture. Refrigerate for a few hours to chill and serve. Enjoy!


  • For full tips, please see blog post.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Stove-Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 scoop
  • Calories: 280
  • Sugar: 2
  • Sodium: 388
  • Fat: 20
  • Saturated Fat: 4
  • Unsaturated Fat: 14
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 18
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 6
  • Cholesterol: 69

Keywords: bacon macaroni salad