I'm honored and excited to be sharing this recipe with you. It's from my friend Melissa at Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen. And she is now a cookbook author! Her new cookbook is titled Melissa's Southern Cookbook: Tried-and-True Family Recipes.Maybe you saw her over on QVC? I am so incredibly proud and excited for her as she shares her heart and passion into her first cookbook (hopefully not the last!)
So, let's talk a bit about this cookbook and then we'll get to her recipe for this scrumptious BLT Macaroni Salad! Let me tell you what I love about blogger-created cookbooks. They are real. They are personal and they are tried-and-tested recipes. I can tell you that each and every one of these recipes were made in Melissa's kitchen. She tested and tweaked them and took all the photos herself.
This isn't a celebrity cookbook where a ghost-writer writes the entire thing and they put a celebrity's face on the cover to sell the cookbook. Those are a dime-a-dozen. But these recipes from Melissa? They are the real deal. You know that she has made these recipes herself and tested every single one. Many are recipes that she has had for years and years. She also did all the photography! So you can feel confident knowing that this is a well thought-out cookbook and she put forth her best recipes to share.
There are all kinds of recipes from biscuits to salads to dinner to dessert. A little something for everyone! Generally I go straight to the desserts when I first crack open a cookbook. But this time, everything caught my eye (probably because of all the gorgeous photos!) When I saw this recipe for BLT Macaroni Salad, I knew that I had to make it! (Scroll down to enter the giveaway to win a copy for yourself!)
This is such a fun take on pasta salad. Melissa describes it as "a pasta salad (that) combines the flavors of a classic BLT with creamy macaroni salad. It's chock-full of crispy bacon, tomatoes, and crunchy green leaf lettuce, plus a tangy dressing. It's a fusion macaroni salad that takes BLT's to a whole new level." I couldn't agree more!Ingredients:
1 (16 oz.) box elbow macaroni
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
3/4 cup sour cream
3 tbsp. granulated sugar
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. celery salt
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. dried dill
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
5 green onions, thinly sliced
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 cups Romaine lettuce, loosely packed
1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
Cook the elbow macaroni in salted water per the package instructions. Drain well. While pasta is cooking, prepare the dressing.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, vinegar, celery salt, onion powder, smoked paprika, dill and pepper, to taste.
Chop up the tomatoes, green onions, lettuce and bacon.
Add the cooked and drained pasta to the bowl.
Stir in green onions and tomatoes.
Mix until evenly distributed.
Cover with plastic wrap and pop it into the fridge to chill.
Just before serving, add the lettuce and bacon.
Mix well and serve. Store chilled.