So with my most recent Fresh & Easy shopping adventure, I stocked up on some elbow macaroni pasta, bacon, avocado, fresh thyme and a bag of lemons in hopes of making an out-of-this-world-type macaroni salad. And boy, was I in for a treat.
This simple macaroni salad of just three main ingredients comes together so beautifully as they get tossed in an incredibly creamy lemon-thyme dressing. It has such a wonderful burst of fresh flavors with just enough savoriness from the fatty, crisp, salty bacon. It’s become my most favorite summer picnic recipes yet!
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.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
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.
In a large bowl, combine pasta, bacon, avocado, lemon-thyme dressing, salt and pepper to taste.
Serve immediately, garnished with thyme.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (326g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 459 (55%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 51g||68 %|
|Saturated Fat 10.5g||52 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 20.3g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 4.5g|
|Cholesterol 39.4mg||12 %|
|Sodium 1570.7mg||54 %|
|Potassium 787.2mg||21 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 77.2g||23 %|
|Dietary Fiber 9.8g||39 %|
|Sugars, other 67.4g|
|Protein 17.5g||25 %|
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Calories per serving: 829
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