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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


stoneskin says:

Crazy, so you share some of our 3-day weekends but not others?

Jan says:

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.

Tricia says:

One of the things I love about summer is all the yummy pasta salads. Hope you have a wonderful, long weekend.

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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Jan says:

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!

I’ve never had macaroni salad, I know, lame!, but now that I know there’s cheese in it? I will try it!
It all tastes better with cheese!

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Jan says:

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!

PR has a baseball tourney all weekend. Terrible mom that I am, I hope they lose and are done by the end of Sunday so we can at least enjoy having Monday free ….! Maybe then I’ll have some time to cook?

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OK, this sounds great, but you lost me at “1 red bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and chopped”. I have no idea how to do any of those things!

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Pseudo says:

Mmmmm. You have me in the mood to make this and the pork loin and I will throw in SMB’s fish too.

Happy Memorial Day weekend Jan!

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Monica says:

I am so making this meal on Sunday! I just love pork loin or pork roast. The only problem with it is…I usually end up making myself sick because I never know when to stop eating it!

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Midlife Mama says:

Mmmmmmm I love macaroni salad. YUMMY!! And your recipe looks fantastic. I’m printing it out now, and I’m going to add it to my recipe collection. I have yet to find a good macaroni salad recipe so thank you! 🙂

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Michele says:

When I find my big pot I’m making this immediately.

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Mmmmmmm . . . wonder if it will fit into my 400 calories, no saturated fat, only monounsaturated fat meal plan?

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Yum!!! I think I may try this and the pork tenderloin this weekend…I’m always so happy to have time to actually cook!

Hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

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Beth says:

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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Jason says:

I want to try this one! I’ll wait til the Italian in-laws are out of town because they find cold pasta an abomination.

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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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Tessa says:

I love pasta salads. Alas, The First Husband does not. But this might just be the one to change his mind, Woo-hoo! Thanks, Jan.

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vodkamom says:

I made this today!!! It was spectacular. And it’s gone.

Jane says:

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.

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ssg says:

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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