Macaroni Salad is one of my mother’s favorite summertime dishes but I have to be honest here, until a few years ago, I had never tried it. ~waits for the collective gasp~ I know, I know, I’m a horrible person who has lived a wasted life. Thanks to my sister in law, Tina, I can now say that I am a card carrying member of the macaroni salad fan club. We made this at her house in Georgia for the Fourth of July and I think I ate enough to get a few gold stars on that card, as well!
Macaroni Salad is a staple at summer gatherings and family reunions. I know y’all may be thinking that I say that about a lot of dishes but you might not realize just how much food we have at our gatherings and reunions! This is served much like potato salad – cold and a perfect accompaniment to picnics and barbecues.
Reckon why Southerners take such a shining to this dish? Just look at the main ingredient: cheap and filling pasta. This is a traditional meal stretcher if there ever was one.
To make this, you’ll need macaroni, mayo, spicy brown mustard, pimentos, sweet relish, and salt and pepper to taste.
Cook Macaroni according to package directions. Drain and run cold water over it to cool it down. This also stops the cooking process.
Shake it around a little so it all gets rinsed in the cold water.
In a large mixing bowl, place mayo, mustard, and…
Stir that up really well.
Remember you left out the pickle relish and put that in next.
Add in your pickle relish.
Add your macaroni
Salt and pepper to taste, stir again. Chill well.
(sneak and eat a bowl of it now. I won’t tell)
- 10 ounces Dry macaroni
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup Mayo If you like more dressing, add the full amount
- 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard can use regular if you have it on hand!
- 2-4 ounce jar of pimentos
- 1/3 cup sweet pickle relish
- salt and pepper to taste I start with 1/2 tsp of each
- Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain in a collander and run cold water over it to cool. Mix all other ingredients together in medium mixing bowl. Add macaroni and mix well. Add more mayo if needed. Chill. Stir before serving.
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