Macaroni Salad

Macaroni SaladWell, here it is Friday.  Yay!  And we’re looking at a three-day weekend, too.  Won’t that be nice?

Since Monday is a holiday, I may post, but it won’t be my usual recipe so I thought I’d give it to you today.  That way, if you’re interested in making it you’ll have it handy.  Isn’t that convenient?  Aren’t I thoughtful?  Aren’t I weaseling my way out of having to actually write something?

Shortcuts Recipes.  I love ’em.

Anyhoo, I made this to accompany the Grilled Honey Rosemary Pork Loin we made last weekend, and it was delicious.  The dressing is very similar to that of my Sweet Potato Salad, but what can I say – we Southerners love our mayonnaise and sweet pickle relish.  I’m working on a recipe for an olive oil-based dressing that should be marginally healthier; when I’ve got one I like, I’ll post it.

Tricia, feel free to leave the onion out.  It will still be yummy. *wink*

Macaroni Salad

serves 6

8 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked, rinsed and cooled

1 red bell pepper, roasted,  peeled, seeded and chopped

1/2 cup celery, chopped

1/2 cup sweet onion, such as Vidalia, chopped

1 large carrot, peeled and grated

1 cup frozen baby sweet peas, thawed

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish

1 teaspoon prepared mustard

salt and pepper to taste

Combine all of the ingredients except salt and pepper in a large bowl and toss gently until thoroughly combined.  Season with salt and pepper.  Refrigerate for an hour before serving.

Have a lovely weekend, y’all

22 thoughts on “Macaroni Salad”

  1. Stoneskin – this is Memorial Day weekend here in the States, where we take a day off to commemorate those who have died in military service. It’s always observed on the last Monday of May, and many of us use it as an excuse to kick off the summer’s festivities.

    On the first Monday in September, we will enjoy a three day weekend and observe Labor Day – a Federal holiday created to give “a day off for the working citizens.” We use that one to traditionally celebrate the end of summer.

    I’m sure you Brits have similar holidays.

  2. Macaroni salad is a staple around here. We like to have that or something like it in a large bowl for a go to snack/quick meal. I’ve never tried using the cheese and peas but sounds yummy. We sometimes add hard boiled egg and sometimes tuna for a change.

    Thanks for sharing, Jan. You’ve just inspired me to post a recipe. *MUUAHHH*

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  3. Tricia – me too! I hope you have a great weekend, as well. And that you’re getting plenty of fun time in with Aaron.

    SMB – the peas and cheese are really good in it – sometimes I cube the cheese. I’ve not done tuna, but ham? I loves me some ham and I loves it in my pasta salad. Okay, now I’m going to make some with ham. I can’t wait to read your recipe!

  4. Give it a whirl, Jen – you’ll love it. You can really put anything you want in it; this is just my favorite version.

    And you are so right – just about anything tastes better with cheese!

  5. This recipe sounds so good – like “I could take a spoon and grab the bowl and hide in the backyard until the pasta is all gone kind of good.”

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  6. When I kick this Slug Flu, I’m going to try the tenderloin and the sweet potato salad recipes. Macaroni isn’t my thing but if it were, I’d try that too. Now you’ll know when the bug is gone……I’ll tell you how wonderful the food turned out. MUAH!!

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  7. My daughter prepared pork loin last night with gobs of fresh rosemary she grew herself! So proud of this daughter because she taught herself to cook in her 30s; totally ignored everything I tried to teach her as a child.

    Janes last blog post..A Sneeze & 3 Cracks

  8. mmmmm I love macaroni. Can’t wait to have American food when I fly over tomorrow…. bialy, lovely iccream, canoli and reese’s peanut butter cups. And yep, 3 day weekend here, though doesn’t make much difference to me as been off ill and now off on holiday, but it is very nice MrC can be at home with me 😉

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