Homemade Macaroni Salad

Homemade Macaroni Salad from 101 Cooking For TwoClassic homemade macaroni salad is a crowd-pleaser at every cookout, potluck, picnic and any family gathering.

There seems to be potato salad people and macaroni salad people. I’m the macaroni type myself and the wife is a potato person. Go to any gathering this summer and they will be both. Anybody can buy the macaroni salad but take up a few notches and show up with your version. And as an added bonus, you will know what’s in it.

I looked around a lot. I read a lot of recipes but really just ended up just combining several. I don’t think you can go wrong making macaroni salad. Cook some pasta, make a mayonnaise basejd sauce and put in what you like. It is really that simple.

Rating:

rating system 4A nice lower to medium 4. I won’t be doing it often since it makes too much for two.

Notes: This is a basic recipe. Add or subtract what you want.

My main problem was trying to make it “cooking for two” friendly. I finally decided that it just wasn’t happening for me. I wanted the pepper in the recipe (my taste).  Otherwise you can cut this recipe in half and make it more cooking for two. I decided I was mainly going to use it for gatherings and holiday cooking so I’m ok with the eight servings.

ingredients for macaroni saladcook the pasta

Cook 2 cups pasta according to package directions.

mix the sauce

In a large bowl mix 1 cup mayonnaise (regular or low-fat), 3 tablespoons milk, 2 tablespoon vinegar, 1 tablespoon mustard, 1-2 teaspoon sugar to taste, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

adding the chopped vegetables

Finely chop 1 small or 1/2 medium red onion, 2 stalks celery and 1 pepper (red or green)

mix everything well

Mix pasta with the dressing, veggies and 1 cup of shredded mild cheddar cheese.

Homemade Macaroni Salad from 101 Cooking For Two

Refrigerate for a few hours to blend flavors

 

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Classic homemade macaroni salad is a crowd-pleaser at every cookout, potluck, picnic and any family gathering.
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 cups pasta
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (regular or low-fat)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1-2 teaspoon sugar to taste
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  • 1 small or ½ medium red onion
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 pepper (red or green)
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook 2 cups pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a large bowl mix 1 cup mayonnaise (regular or low-fat), 3 tablespoons milk, 2 tablespoon vinegar, 1 tablespoon mustard, 1-2 teaspoon sugar to taste, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Finely chop 1 small or ½ medium red onion, 2 stalks celery and 1 pepper (red or green).
  4. Mix pasta with the dressing, veggies and 1 cup of shredded mild cheddar cheese.
  5. Refrigerate for a few hours to blend flavors.

Molly and Lilly at 15 weeks

Updated
September 4 2014

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