Charred Scallion & Bacon Macaroni Salad

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Charred Scallion and Bacon Macaroni Salad: Your new favorite macaroni salad, just in time for picnics and outside parties. Slightly sweet charred scallions, crispy bacon, and just enough dressing to hold it all together. Macaroni salad done right! |
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Your new favorite macaroni salad, just in time for picnics and outside parties. Scallions, bacon and dressing!


12 oz. elbow macaroni, cooked al dente
8-10 oz. bacon, baked
2 bunches scallions
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 tablespoon bacon grease or olive oil
Kosher salt


1) Bake bacon at 350 degrees F. on a baking sheet lined with foil until it’s very crispy, about 18-20 minutes. Pour off bacon grease, but reserve 1 tablespoon. Cook pasta according to package. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water.

2) When bacon is done cooking, prep your scallions by cutting the root ends off and washing them well. Dry scallions and toss them with reserved bacon grease and a big pinch of kosher salt. Spread out scallions a baking sheet. Heat oven to broil.

3) Broil scallions for about 2 minutes until they are charred in spots. Rotate pan if needed. Keep a close eye on them so they don’t completely burn. You might need slightly longer or shorter depending on your broiler.

4) Let scallions cool. Meanwhile, whisk together mayo, vinegar, mustard, and hot sauce. Stir in cooked macaroni to coat with dressing.

5) Roughly chop up bacon and scallions and stir into macaroni salad. Season with salt and pepper. Chill salad until served. The salad is actually better if it can sit for a day in the fridge.