Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad


Macaroni salad can sometimes be a little boring. So one day, I just started adding extra ingredients, and this is what I came up with. The whole family loves it! This ranch macaroni salad recipe is even better served the next day, so all the flavors are well incorporated. Enjoy!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 40 mins


  • 6 slices bacon

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • ½ small red onion, diced very small

  • ½ small green bell pepper, diced very small

  • 1 (1 ounce) package ranch salad dressing mix

  • 1 (8 ounce) package Cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes


  1. Cook bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 10 minutes; drain on a plate lined with paper towels until cool. Crumble bacon and set aside.

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes; drain.

  3. Rinse macaroni with cold water until cool; drain.

  4. Mix cooled macaroni, crumbled bacon, mayonnaise, red onion, green bell pepper, ranch salad dressing mix, and Cheddar cheese together in a large bowl.

  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

583 Calories
35g Fat
48g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 583
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 736mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 216mg 17%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 164mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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