How To Make The Ultimate Macaroni Salad
Macaroni Salad Is The Go To Salad
To me Macaroni Salad is a great comfort food, and it brings back fond summertime memories from my childhood. It was always a treat when mom made Macaroni Salad, as she said it was time consuming to make. And she only made it in the summer, because she said it was a summertime salad. To me anytime of the year is a good time to make a salad. With all the ingredients in this salad it is a meal in itself an so filling. You will leave the table feeling full and satisfied. You might even go back for a late night snack.
** 1 pound box elbow macaroni
** 1 green bell pepper, red if you like. I switch up, depending on my mood
** 1 red onion, diced, or radishes are good to.
*** 8 hard boiled eggs, to be smashed up
** 2 cans of tuna fish, drained, or tiny baby shrimp ( they come is a can, the same as tuna fish)
** 1 can black olives, you can leave them whole or slice them in half
** 1 container cherry tomatoes, cut in half, or sliced.
** 1 cuke, sliced or cubed
** 1 celery stalk, diced, or you could use celery seed
** Sharp cheese, or whatever kind you like, cubed, about 1 cup or so. (optional )
** Mayonnaise (please don't use a lite or low fat Mayonnaise) It ruins the flavor.
Start by boiling the eggs, cool them, peel and mash them up. In the meantime in a good sized pot boil the water till boiling, add the elbow macaroni, stirring often. We don't want it to stick and burn in the bottom of the pot. Cook until just a little past AL Dente, drain in a strainer, and run cold water over the macaroni until it seems cool, let it sit in the strainer to dry. This stops the cooking of the macaroni. Sorry but I really hate mushy macaroni.
Okay so now get all the veggies chopped and ready to go into the salad. Next I like to add the eggs and tuna fish to the macaroni and mix with the mayonnaise, this way it is mixed well, then add the veggies, olives and cheese, then add as much mayonnaise as needed to make it as creamy as possible, then stir really good. Make sure to use plenty of mayo, as you don't want a dry salad. Also remember after it has sat in the fridge the salad will absorb the mayo, so that is why you need to use enough mayo, to keep it moist. Salad always taste better the next day, as all the ingredients have a chance to meld together.
This Macaroni salad is good for up to 4 days in the fridge. This salad is good for any occasion! Keep in mind after adding all the ingredients the salad will be doubled, so expect leftovers. If you take the salad to a picnic or what not, be sure to keep it cool as possible, as the mayo will spoil. And we don't want anyone getting sick.
Also on another note, you can switch up the flavor, instead of using mayo, try ranch dressing in the bottle. There are so many different Ranch flavors to choose from. I like the Peppercorn or Bacon flavored, Keep in mind macaroni salad can be anything you really want it to be. That's the beauty of it. So the next time you need something to bring to a pot luck supper or a picnic, bring Macaroni Salad. Everybody will love it, and you will go home with an empty bowl.
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