Macaroni Salad with Bacon, Peas, and Creamy Dijon Dressing


Servings 8

Cooking Time: 9-10 minutes (noodles)

Prep Time: 15 minutes


1/2 c (4oz) cream cheese

1/4 c chopped shallots

1/4 c mayo

2 Tbsp Dijon mustard

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp white wine vinegar

3/4 ts pepper

Prepare dressing: Combine all ingredients in a processor, until smooth, cover and chill. I would make double, and keep half for when serving.


8 oz elbow noodles

2/3 c fresh green peas (English pees are good for this)

2/3 c finely diced red bell pepper

2/3 c finely diced red onion

1/2 c thinly sliced green onion

1/2 tsp chopped parsley

1/2 ts grated lemon peel

1 Tbsp bacon crumbles

Prepare salad: Cook pasta; adding peas during the last 3-4 minutes of cooking time. Drain, rinse with cold water, drain. Combine pasta mix with the next 4 ingredients (bell pepper, onions, and parsley), in a bowl. Toss with HALF of dressing mix. Cover and chill until ready to serve, toss salad with remaining dressing, add bacon and lemon peel on top.



SOooo easy to make

Kid friendly, my son loved it (a 2 year old!)

Really crunchy, tangy, cucumber-ie taste

Truly good for you…even if you took out the bacon bits

Very filling, a very good stand alone or side dish


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