Yield
8 servings (serving size: 1 cup salad and about 1 teaspoon bacon)

This macaroni salad gets a coating of tangy dressing which contrasts well with the smoky bacon, sweet bell pepper, and red onion.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare dressing, combine first 9 ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth. Cover and chill.

Step 2

To prepare salad, cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; add peas during the last 3 minutes of cooking time. Drain; rinse with cold water. Drain. Combine pasta mixture, bell pepper, and next 4 ingredients (through rind) in a large bowl. Toss pasta mixture with half of dressing. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Toss salad with remaining dressing, and sprinkle with crumbled bacon; serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

KathyinManvel's Review

Gailzer
November 09, 2014
I didn't care for the flavor of this salad. The mustard was too strong, there was not enough salt. In general, it was pretty flat. Given the number of ingredients and amount of chopping I was really hoping this would be a good recipe. I will not make this again.

AvaBhaby's Review

smiths37
August 19, 2014
Just added some sugar and it's perfect! My husband loves it! =))

MarciaJolene's Review

AvaBhaby
December 25, 2013
N/A

sherrel's Review

Melhoney1
November 11, 2012
Love the Honey Mustard dressing. I dd it without the lemon rind ( didn't have any on hand) and really thought it would be a little much with the lemon juice in the dressing.. Nice dish with not a lot of calories. Keeper. Will use the dressing on other things!

annechap59's Review

nanetteH
July 11, 2012
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ak2005's Review

steponme
July 11, 2012
I love this creamy Dijon dressing and would love to try it on other things. Yummy salad recipe with great texture!

Holley's Review

nadotts
July 11, 2012
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JanieRG's Review

finnsmom64
June 11, 2012
I used 1/2 of the onions and still that was all I could taste. To salvage it, I added honey, a home-made vinaigrette and extra mayo. Not on my "keeper" list.

smiths37's Review

portland
May 31, 2012
N/A

itravel's Review

MarciaJolene
March 01, 2012
I'm surprised how many people don't like tart. I like tart so this was very agreeable. I was also concerned about the amount of onion so I omitted all the onion except the green. It was a great way to get rid of left over bacon from Sunday breakfast.