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Bacon and Avocado Macaroni Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 servings

A simple macaroni salad loaded with fresh avocado and applewood smoked bacon tossed in a lemon-thyme dressing - the best macaroni salad I've ever had!

Ingredients:

For the lemon thyme dressing

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12 ounces elbows pasta
5 slices bacon, diced
2 avocados, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, for garnish
2 teaspoons AKL Gourmet Herb Seasoning
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
1 tablespoon sugar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup olive oil

 

Directions

To make the dressing, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, and AKL Gourmet Herb Seasoning 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.