Before I get to my recipe, I just wanted to let y’all know that I’m guest posting at Newlyweds on a Budget today! Head on over and check out my post in her “Getting to Know the Blogger Behind the Blog” series.
It’s time for backyard barbecues and picnics in the park! I just love this time of year. Summertime just screams cold dishes and salads to me. I like to have some that are hearty, like pasta salads and the like but I’m pretty fussy about those. Here’s one that after some experimentation over the years, I’ve come up with and really enjoy. Not only that, but I recently served it to my mom and daughter, both of whom aren’t big on macaroni salad, and they both really loved this one.
1 lb. elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions
1 cup mayonnaise – you can try getting creative with some of those mayo blends like avocado mayo or roasted garlic mayo but for this recipe, just plain old Hellmann’s is my preference
1/2 onion, diced – I prefer either red or Vidalia
6 slices bacon, cut into small pieces and fried until crispy
1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
8 oz. cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
Salt and pepper to taste (I personally find it salty enough between the Ranch mix, cheese, and bacon)
Other additions that can be yummy in this too: chopped celery, chopped hard boiled eggs, leftover cooked peas, chopped radishes
Instructions: This is so quick and easy. Once the macaroni and bacon have cooled, simply mix all the ingredients together. I like to cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for a few hours to chill before serving. Yum!
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