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This easy recipe for Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad has to be one of the best macaroni salads I’ve made or eaten for that matter. Its creamy homemade dressing has just enough bacon to keep you coming back for more, chives fresh from the garden, and peas because well peas just belong in pasta salad. Put them together and you can see why this recipe is a winner.
This recipe started as one of those “hmmm I want to eat this and I can’t find exactly what I want so I’ll make it up as I go along” type of deals. Yeah, I love it when it turns out well and I silently fist pump as everyone asks for more. And when I fail well we all fail sometimes right? But forget about failing with this recipe you can’t go wrong because it’s so easy. One tip though, makes it a day before you plan to serve it because it tastes better the second day.
Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad
- 1 pound elbow macaroni salad style is fine too if you have it
- 3 cups green peas frozen
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 TBSP milk
- 2 tsp dill weed
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp garlic granules
- 1 tsp parsley dried
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp salt more to taste
- 1/2 cup bacon cooked and crumbled, divided
- 2 TBSP chives chopped
- cook the macaroni according to package directions
- while it’s cooking thaw the peas by placing them in a colander and running them under hot water a few times–you don’t want to cook them only thaw them
- alternately you can toss them in the water for the last minute of cooking
- make the dressing, mix the next 10 ingredients in a mason jar with a lid and shake vigorously
- reserve 2 TBSP of crumbled bacon and mix the rest into the dressing, shake again to mix thoroughly
- once the macaroni is done cooking drain it and rinse it with cool water then pat dry as much as possible
- drain the peas if you haven’t already done so, pat them dry if they need it
- mix the macaroni with the peas
- pour 3/4 of the dressing over the salad and stir to coat
- cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours but 12 is better, when ready to serve, refrigerate the remaining dressing, and the bacon crumbles
- when ready to serve stir in the remaining dressing, taste and add more salt if needed
- top with the remaining bacon right before serving
When you make the dressing you can always start with less of any of the herbs and spices, especially the onion powder, make it suit you! I always encourage everyone to taste as they go along and go with your personal taste!