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Bacon and Avocado Macaroni Salad


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"Macaroni salad is the perfect side dish for a cookout!"

Serves 4 | Prep Time 10 minutes | Cook Time 10 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

Yummy, creamy, and delicious macaroni salad for any occasion!


Ingredients You'll Need

12 ounces elbows pasta
5 slices bacon, diced
2 avocados, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, for garnish


Directions

1. To make the dressing, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and thyme in the bowl of a food processor; season with salt and pepper, to taste. With the motor running, add the olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified; set aside.


2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.


3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.


4. In a large bowl, combine pasta, bacon, avocado, lemon-thyme dressing, salt and pepper to taste.


5. Serve immediately, garnished with thyme.


Pairs Well With

Anything at a summer cookout would go great with this macaroni salad!


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