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I love this salad because it is light and flavorful without being overwhelming. The lemon thyme dressing and avocado add a nice creaminess that is complimented by the bacon’s saltiness. I really like the simplicity of this salad; so much so, I have made it twice this week already.

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Bacon Avocado Macaroni Salad (from Damn Delicious)

  • 12 ounces elbows pasta
  • 5 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, for garnish

For the Lemon Thyme Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

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. Serves 4.

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