Bacon and Avocado Macaroni Salad with Lemon Thyme Dressing

INGREDIENTS

12 ounces elbows pasta
5 slices bacon, diced
2 avocados, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, for garnish

For the lemon thyme dressing:

3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
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 thyme 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.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Yields 4-6 servings
Found here http://www.rfgkitchenrelax.blogspot.com/2013/07/bacon-and-avocado-macaroni-salad-with.html
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