Prepare the Rice a Roni according to the package directions. This is typically done in a large skillet on the stovetop. Allow the rice to cool before moving on to the next step.
Add all of the other ingredients to a large bowl with the rice mixture and stir until well combined. If you are not serving the salad shortly after assembling, you may wish to stir the bacon in just before serving so that it stays extra crispy.
When your ingredients are combined, cover the rice a roni salad with plastic wrap and chill for 1-2 hours. The salad is delicious right when it’s mixed, but it’s even better extra cold.
Transfer the chilled rice salad to a serving bowl and sprinkle a bit of bacon or sliced olives over the top for garnish.