I have to be honest. I was not planning on taking a month plus (yes, that's how long it's been) off from the blog but sometimes breaks are needed and I can honestly say this one was necessary. I'm going to try and blog more often than once a month (really, I promise!), but right now I can't commit to exactly how frequent that will be. I'm enjoying taking a little time off to just live in the moment and not have to pull out my computer every evening to write a new post. The minute my blog started to feel like a chore was the minute I knew I had to take a little time off. I want this blog to be my creative outlet, and most importantly be fun to write and spend time on. So that's my plan. To write posts as I want to. To write posts that I enjoy writing and think you will enjoy reading. I hope you'll stick around for what's in store. But for now, let's get to what I have for you.
For those of you who follow me on instagram, you already are aware that I spent the 4th of July week/weekend in the suburbs with my boyfriend's family. We always have a wonderful time when we go out there and it honestly is nice to get some peace and quiet (which is rare in Chicago). Our last night there my guy decided he wanted to cook for his parents and asked if I'd put together a side dish for his meal. Of course I will never turn down the opportunity to cook (especially in a big kitchen like they have) so I did a bit of brainstorming and knew I wanted to make a pasta salad of some kind. After quite a bit of searching I stumbled upon this tasty sounding recipe for a BLT Macaroni Salad. Bacon and macaroni together in one dish, yes please. While there isn't actual lettuce in this recipe, the green onion serves as a great pop and crunch of green.
BLT Macaroni Salad
(original recipe found here)
- - 1 (16 oz) box of macaroni
- - 10 slices of turkey bacon
- - 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- - 1 bunch of green onions (about 1.5 to 2 cups), chopped
- - 1 cup mayonnaise
- - 1/4 cup white vinegar
- - salt and pepper, to taste
1. Boil a large pot of water and add the macaroni. Cook until al dente.
2. Drain the pasta and pour into a large mixing bowl.
3. Fry up the turkey bacon, and set aside to cool.
4. Once the bacon has cooled, use your hands to break into bite-sized pieces.
5. Add the tomatoes, green onions, mayo, and vinegar into a small mixing bowl. Mix well.
6. Pour the tomato mixture over the macaroni and stir together until well combined.
7. Mix in the bacon, and add salt & pepper to taste.
8. Top with the bacon and green onions you set aside before serving. Enjoy!
This recipe is sure to be a winner to any BBQ you are hosting or attending this summer. I promise.