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    macaroni sald

    Do you have a favorite recipe to share?
    When I make mine I like it but it doesn't seem to entice folks to try it.
    Meant to say salad.
    Last edited by daisydawg; 10-01-2017 at 10:46 AM. Reason: mispelled a word

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    What does yours have in it? I tend to like the ones with fruit, veggies and/or nuts. If it looks really bland, then I pass it by.
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    I make Mostacalli Salad
    It is just the Mostacalli Pasta with Veggies and an Oil and Vinegar Dressing.
    There really is a recipe which I will send if anyone wants it.
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    I think people just don't eat macaroni or pasta salad all that much. When I catered, it was often ordered, but there was always a lot of left overs.

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    I put eggs, olives. celery,mayo, bacon bits, cheese,pickles, peas and green onions and mustard.
    I've seen some recipes that say to add vinegar. I don't always use all of the ingredients listed above, just wanted to list everything I could think of.

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    i make a chicken (or turkey) salad that seems to go over well.

    cooked ring macaroni
    diced mild onion
    finely diced celery
    cooked chicken or turkey, cut up intp bite size or smaller pieces
    craisins ( dried cranberries)
    Hellman's "real" mayonnnaise (or your favorite dressing of that type)
    salt and pepper "to taste"

    i like cashews or almonds with it, but usually serve them "beside" as an optional ingredient.

    i did not give measurements, because it is flexible - depending on what is available to put in it.he

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkay View Post
    I think people just don't eat macaroni or pasta salad all that much. When I catered, it was often ordered, but there was always a lot of left overs.

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    Yes this! I think cold salads with noodles are not as popular as they used to be.
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    When I make mac salad, either for ourselves or potlucks, there's VERY rarely any left to take home, the members of our church say my mac salad is the best they've ever had.

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    Macaroni salad is my favorite, almost any style, but have to limit it to keep my glucose number in check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie View Post
    When I make mac salad, either for ourselves or potlucks, there's VERY rarely any left to take home, the members of our church say my mac salad is the best they've ever had.
    are you sharing it ?

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    tranum-it's nothing special, just the pasta, lots of hard boiled eggs, mayo(not a lot, can't stand too much), mustard, lots of pickle relish and lots of onions, salt & pepper to taste, that's it.

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    My MIL made a shrimp and macaroni salad that people seem to love even if they don't eat shrimp. It's super simple,
    salad macaroni cooked to package directions and cooled
    2 can of canned shrimp (we tried fresh bay shrimp and it wasn't right)
    1 c. of chopped celery
    1/2 c. chopped radishes
    1 c. chopped kosher dill pickles
    1 c. chopped green onions
    add mayonnaise to taste
    garlic salt and pepper to taste (my family likes a lot of it)
    Once it is all made and put into a serving bowl, top with sliced hard boiled eggs and then dust with paprika.

    It's a staple for my husband's family gatherings - I made it for my side years ago and now they want it when we all get together. I have made it with the small shells and that is okay but it does not translate well using the larger pastas.

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    Thanks for your input. Have to make some for my quilt group(only 8 people)on Wed. Will let you know how it turns out. With all your suggestions should be a winner.

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    Mine is very much like Daisydawg...sometime bacon, sometimes not but definitely cheese (cubed) and peas. I think of macaroni as more like a summer dish.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    my secret is to use ranch dressing instead of mayo, for pasta, potato or cole slaw salad.

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    Some recipes called for sweet pickle relish or hot dog relish.

    I use mayonnaise and hot dog relish in my egg salad. The rest of the family could live without the hot dog relish, but - when I make one or two eggs for myself - it's included.

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    Good luck with the salad. We love our macaroni salad here in SE Missouri.

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    Here is my recipe that is often requested.

    1/2-3/4 box Tri-color spiral pasta
    4 oz hard Salami
    4 oz Pepperoni
    1/2 red onion chopped
    1 chopped/sliced carrot
    8 oz Pepper jack cheese cut into chunks
    Grape tomatoes halved
    1/2-1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
    Black olives rings to taste(opt)
    1-16 oz Zesty Italian Salad dressing

    Make the day before to allow flavors to meld.
    I also opt to use 8 oz of pepperoni and eliminate the hard salami.

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    1-Box Macaroni ( 1 pd.) Cooked 1 cucumber w/seeds removed cut into small pieces 2-3 medium ripe tomatoes cut into small pieces 3 stalks celery cut into small pieces 3 hard boiled eggs mashed w/a fork 1 small onion cut into small pieces Optional ( sweet relish ) (Shredded cheese ( sharp cheddar ) 1/2 Miracle Whip !/2 Mayonnaise to taste Mix all together , let set overnight , serve

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    Hmmm...don't have a recipe, per say, but I chop celery, red onion (fine) and sweet peppers then add mayo, a squirt of prepared mustard, a bit of white vinegar, salt and pepper, a dash of sugar and (the secret ingredient) a splash of bread and butter pickle juice. Stir all that up and add most of it to the cooked macaroni until coated. Let sit in the fridge, covered for a couple of hours and just before serving, add the rest and stir it up, because it will have dried out as the pasta sucked up the mayo mix. Check for seasonings and serve. Watson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo Anne B. View Post
    Here is my recipe that is often requested.

    1/2-3/4 box Tri-color spiral pasta
    4 oz hard Salami
    4 oz Pepperoni
    1/2 red onion chopped
    1 chopped/sliced carrot
    8 oz Pepper jack cheese cut into chunks
    Grape tomatoes halved
    1/2-1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
    Black olives rings to taste(opt)
    1-16 oz Zesty Italian Salad dressing

    Make the day before to allow flavors to meld.
    I also opt to use 8 oz of pepperoni and eliminate the hard salami.
    I need to add; I do use 8 oz-16 oz of the salad dressing (I tend to use more than less.)

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    I am not a pasta person. Not eating cold pasta for sure. Some of the ingredients sound good if I left out the pasta.
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    Usually never much left of mine. A box of small elbows or shells, cooked to your liking, drain. Pour in large bowl with lid. Over just drained macaroni, put chopped hard boiled eggs, 4-5, chopped sweet onion, 1/4 to 1/2 cup, depending on how you like onions, chopped celery, to taste, 2-3 heaping tablespoons of sweet pickle relish, garlic powder, salt and pepper to your liking. Pour over all, Marzetti's Slaw Dressing (it's on the shelves where the other salad dressings and mayo's are). Make it sloppy, cover tightly and refrigerate 24 hours. Stir and serve. The macaroni will absorb a lot of the dressing. Always put your dressings on over the hot pasta, the taste is much better. And yes I do use the same dressing to make my coleslaw, just pour it over shredded cabbage. Sometimes I make my potato salad the same way, trading out the pasta for cooked potatoes. Both are always a hit.

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    Thanks for the inspiration! Enjoyed a pasta salad last night and have some for tonight, too.

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    We just had a luncheon at church a couple of weeks ago and one of the women brought a taco salad...without greens but with rotini pasta----it was amazing!
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