Macaroni Salad Recipe: Crisp & Creamy Delight that is Perfect for Summer


Discover the ultimate Macaroni Salad recipe—creamy, crispy, and bursting with summer vibes. Join us as we blend al dente pasta, fresh veggies, and a tangy dressing, creating a refreshing delight that’s perfect for cookouts and potlucks!

Macaroni Salad brings together a delightful combination of crispy, creamy, and refreshing flavors—a true taste of summer. This salad typically features macaroni pasta, crispy vegetables, boiled eggs, and a creamy mayonnaise dressing. It’s one of the standouts under 30-minute choices for summer cookouts and potlucks, fitting in perfectly alongside fried chicken dishes, seafood, and a variety of sides for lunch or dinner.

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For Macaroni Salad
1½ cup Macaroni Pasta
5 cups Water, to cook pasta
2 tsp Salt, or adjust to taste
¼ cup Red Bell Pepper, chopped, or your favorite color bell pepper
¼ cup Red Onion, chopped, (app ½ medium size)
2 rib Celery, chopped
2 Boiled Egg, chopped
For Salad Dressing
1 cup Mayonnaise
¼ cup Sour Cream
4 Sweet Gherkins, chopped
2 tbsp Pickle Juice, from sweet Gherkins
1 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar, or white or apple cider vinegar
½ tsp Chili Flakes
1 tsp Sugar
½ tsp Black Pepper, powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Chives, chopped
½ tsp Dill Leaves, chopped

Recipe Notes:
1. Cook Pasta Al Dente: Ensure the macaroni is cooked al dente—firm to the bite—since it will continue to soften slightly when mixed with the dressing. Overcooked pasta can result in a mushy salad

2. Rinse and Cool Pasta: After cooking, rinse the pasta with cold water to halt the cooking process and cool it quickly. This helps prevent overcooking and sticking

3. Balanced Dressing: While preparing the dressing, taste and adjust the flavors as needed—the balance between tangy, creamy, and seasonings is key to a satisfying Macaroni Salad

4. Dressing Absorption: The pasta tends to absorb the dressing over time, so consider reserving a small portion of the dressing to toss with the salad just before serving, ensuring it stays creamy

5. Chill Thoroughly: Allow the salad to chill in the refrigerator for the recommended time, preferably at least an hour, to let the flavors meld and the salad to fully chill

6. Customize Ingredients: Feel free to customize the vegetables and add-ins based on your preferences. Olives, peas, diced ham, or grated cheese can be great additions

7. Salt the Cooking Water: Season the pasta cooking water generously with salt to enhance the pasta’s flavor right from the start

8. Avoid Over-Mixing: Gently toss the ingredients to prevent the salad from becoming overly mushy or the vegetables from losing their crispness

9. Serve Smartly: Present the Macaroni Salad with a range of dishes as suggested in the serving suggestions. However, also consider the event—lighter fare for casual gatherings and heartier options for more substantial meals

10. Prevent Drying: If the salad seems a bit dry after chilling, you can gently stir in a small amount of additional dressing. Or you can also add a splash of milk to restore creaminess

11. Fresh Herbs: Incorporate chopped fresh herbs like parsley, dill, or chives to add a burst of fresh flavor to the salad

12. Adjust Seasoning: Taste the salad again just before serving and adjust seasoning, if necessary, to account for any flavor changes during chilling

What to expect?
0:00 Introduction
0:17 Prep Salad Dressing
1:22 Cook Macaroni Pasta
2:11 Prep Macaroni Salad
2:57 Final Output
3:02 Recipe Notes

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