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Bacon Macaroni Salad

Prep Time:15 Minutes
Cook Time:15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

This recipe not only has bacon in it, but it also has avocados, which give it a creamier texture.


  • 6 ounces macaroni
  • 3 slices bacon, rendered and diced
  • 1 avocado, halved and seeded
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
  • For the Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/6 cup olive oil


  • 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. Preheat the EGG to 400º using direct heat and a cast iron grate. Grill the avocados with their cut side down until char marks form. Remove from the grill and remove from the skin. Chop and set aside.
  • 4. In a large bowl, combine pasta, bacon, avocado, lemon-thyme dressing, salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley.

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