Bacon & Green Onion Pasta Salad

This is by far my favorite pasta salad, with it makes the perfect side dish for any picnic or it could even be a light meal on a hot summer night.

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The Chocolate Chip Cookies that were also  a huge hit at the picnic!

The Chocolate Chip Cookies that were also a huge hit at the picnic!

Today was my son’s last day of school (finally).  They finish quite late in the UK and I start itching to have my son home with me in mid June when friends back home start to post on Facebook that school’s out.

They have a family picnic on the last day of school.  It’s a really nice day for the kids and parents alike.  I made a huge batch of this salad for it and it was the only thing that was eaten without of a trace of anything left in the container (except my chocolate chip cookies)!

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My Chicken & Red Pesto Pasta Salad

My Chicken & Red Pesto Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is really amazing!  The bacon & green onions add a different spin on your every day macaroni salad.  It’s one of my favorite meals in the summertime because you can eat however much you like and it’s a very fresh and light meal to eat in the hot weather when you don’t feel like cooking or heating up the kitchen.  It also keeps for a good few days so it’s great for leftovers as well.  If you’re a fan of pasta salad, I also have a recipe for Chicken & Red Pesto Pasta Salad that’s been really popular.

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Bacon & Green Onion Pasta Salad
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Cuisine: salad
Serves: 4
  • 12 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 cups pasta of your choice, cooked, rinsed, and drained
  • 3 green/spring onions, sliced into rounds
  • ½ cup chopped cucumber
  • ½ teaspoon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup mayonnaise plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a large bowl combine the bacon, pasta, cucumber and green onions. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, salt & pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve. Store covered in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.

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  1. Karen says

    This salad is wonderful After I made it a couple times my son suggested that I add tomato. It is a great addition and I will be doing that every time I make it. As of right now it is a weekly addition to our menu.

    • Erren says

      Hi Karen, I’m so glad you and your family like it! I’m not that keen on raw tomatoes, but I can see how it would work really well with it. Thanks so much for letting me know!

    • Erren says

      So sorry for the late reply. I haven’t been well for some time and the app on my phone doesn’t allow me to reply to comments. I don’t like posts to go unanswered though so just wanted to say thanks for the feedback and I am so glad you like the recipe. I hope it worked out well for you!

  2. Sandra says

    Hi Erren, I am making this now and wanted to know how your mayo mixture is cream coloured when you have used balsamic vinegar, my mixture is like a coffee latte colour, tastes fine though and what mustard type, I only had french mustard…..

  3. says

    I just wanted to know if you have a mistake in the recipe. Do you really use 12 strips of bacon? I had 5 strips and for the quantity of pasta, it was still quite a bit (and I am a fan of bacon!) However — We loved this pasta salad and I’m so glad I found it on Pinterest!

  4. Karen says

    Did you use a white balsamic vinegar? My salad, though delicious, had a brown tone from using balsamic vinegar.

  5. Ann says

    Hi Erren. This looks so good. I can’t wait to make it. Your measurements for pasta, is it 2 cups cooked pasta or 2 cups before it’s cooked? Also your salad looks so creamy but balsamic and red wine vinegars are dark. How do you keep yours so creamy? Did you use regular yellow mustard or brown mustard or a French mustard? So sorry for all of the questions, I just want to make it correctly. Thank you again! Ann

    • Erren says

      Hi Ann, it’s 2 cups dry pasta before being cooked. For the photos I used red wine vinegar, so the balsamic will give it a brown tone (but it tastes great). I used yellow mustard. I hope you like it!

      • Ann says

        Hi Erren,

        Thanks so much for responding so quickly! I can’t wait to make it. It looks soooo good! I know I’ll love it. I will let you know how good it is after I make it! :)…Ann

  6. says

    Awesome! Had an overload of spring onions, so I found this recipe. I didn’t have any cucumber so I substituted with tomato. This recipe will be passed down as a family favorite! Thank you for this great twist on pasta salad! Can’t wait to try it with cucumber! The Balsamic is the bomb! Shared it on Facebook…hope you don’t mind!

  7. CWoods says

    This is so good!!! I just made it and had a bit for lunch. I can’t wait until it’s chilled and I have it for dinner.

  8. Martha says

    hello thank you but i have a question like we dont have red wine vingar or balsmic vingar should i try just vingar ?


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