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

Herbed Bacon Macaroni Salad

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.
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 -10 servings
Calories 280kcal


  • Mixing bowl
  • Pot
  • Strainer


  • 1 ¾ cups dried macaroni
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup torn basil leaves
  • ½ cup parsley leaves removed from stems
  • 2 garlic cloves minced or grated
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs chopped
  • 1 celery stalk finely chopped
  • ½ cup red onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup cooked bacon crumbled, about 6 slices


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water to help cool the pasta.
  • In a food processor, add the mayonnaise, basil leaves, parsley leaves, garlic, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, chives, honey, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.
  • 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.


Serving: 1scoop | Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 388mg | Sugar: 2g