Macaroni Salad with Bacon, Peas, and Creamy Dijon Dressing

Macaroni Salad with Bacon, Peas, and Creamy Dijon Dressing

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 189.0
  • Total Fat: 5.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 15.0 mg
  • Sodium: 382.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 25.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.0 g
  • Protein: 7.1 g

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The tangy dressing contrasts well with the smoky bacon, sweet bell pepper, and red onion. The tangy dressing contrasts well with the smoky bacon, sweet bell pepper, and red onion.
Number of Servings: 8


    1/2 cup (4 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
    1/4 cup chopped shallots
    1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
    4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
    3/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

    8 ounces uncooked large elbow macaroni
    2/3 cup fresh green peas
    2/3 cup finely diced red bell pepper
    1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
    1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
    4 lower-sodium bacon slices or turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled


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

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 the dressing, pasta and the remaining salad ingredients. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

8 (1Cup) servings

Number of Servings: 8

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user DACQUISTO.

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Tip: Make this 24 hours in advance. When I made this recipe and tasted it, I thought it was awful - all I tasted was shallot. But I decided not to panic and put it in the fridge overnight to give the flavors time to combine. By morning it tasted pretty good and by that night it was great! - 7/22/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    DELICIOUS nice change from my usual macaroni salad I make I did add my reduced fat cheese cubes which we all love in my macaroni salad dressing very good willl definately make again - 8/25/08

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  • These look so good! - 8/3/14

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  • I am not using every single ingredient in this salad as said, but I am using the idea of bacon and Dijonmustard. Will be using peas and carrots along with some baby spinach too. Thanks! - 6/3/12

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  • this salad rocks! I add my veggies such as broccoli spears and raw squash to get my veggie servings up. - 9/20/11

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  • This is delicious! I did have to make two substitutions as I did not have any white wine vinegar or peas so instead I used seasoned rice vinegar and green pepper. This is our new favorite pasta salad! :D - 6/19/11

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  • Definitely better the following day flavor wise although not as creamy. - 5/13/11

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  • Completely divine! - 5/30/10

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  • This is absolutely my favorite macaroni salad in the world. I didn't change anything about it. Great recipe! - 2/5/10

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  • a realy low cal meal full of flavour but next time ill simplify the dressing (simply for my ease) - 3/4/09

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  • This was a HUGE hit with my family! I added some cherry tomatoes right before serving it and used whole wheat corkscrew noodles, only because I couldn't find macaroni and wanted to use the whole wheat. This is an AWESOME recipe, definitely a keeper! - 9/1/08

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