Best Ever Amish Macaroni Salad

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This best every Amish macaroni salad recipe will be the only one you will ever need for summer barbecues. This salad combines hearty macaroni noodles with a creamy mayonnaise-based dressing and chopped vegetables. The contrast of different textures, as well as the sweet and tangy nature of the dressing makes this salad incredibly addictive. Mary, the author of the Sweet Little Bluebird recipe blog, came up with this simple salad because it is a summer staple dish for her and she loves it. There is no wonder, since the salad recipe is chilled, making it a great addition to a meal on a hot summer’s night.

This pasta salad recipe also includes an array of fresh ingredients, like crisp bell peppers and celery. Serve this salad alongside any grilled meat or just on its own for a light meal.

There is nothing worse than soggy pasta noodles in a dish, so whenever you make a pasta salad recipe, it is important to cook the noodles until they are just cooked through, but still, have some bite. Once the macaroni noodles are doused in the dressing, they will continue to soften in the fridge. A good way of ensuring the noodles are perfectly cooked, would be to keep tasting as they are simmering. Once they are done, drain them and rinse them with cold water to cool them down. Any residual heat will continue cooking the pasta, so it is important to chill it quickly after draining. If you don’t have macaroni in your pantry, you can easily replace it with another variety of small pasta noodles, such as sea shell noodles or penne. Similarly, you can substitute the chopped vegetables, like bell pepper and celery, with any vegetables you have in your fridge to use up. Consider adding chopped tomato, cucumber, broccoli, grated carrot or green peppers to your version of this easy pasta salad recipe. If you use some tomato, just make sure to remove the seeds or else it may make your salad too wet.

This is the best pasta salad because it includes crunchy vegetables, soft pasta and a creamy dressing that is full of flavour. The salad dressing is sweet, tangy and spicy at the same time, through the additions of sugar, white vinegar and mustard. All the ingredients are things you may have in your pantry or refrigerator as well, which means you can make this delicious salad recipe today. Although Mary suggests using Miracle Whip in her dressing recipe, you can really use whatever kind you like and have in your fridge. Also, you can substitute the yellow mustard with whatever kind of mustard you like, like tangy Dijon or grainy mustard. Whatever you decide to add to your macaroni salad recipe, it will be a delicious mixture of sweet, tangy dressing, crunchy vegetables and flavourful pasta.

This is the best pasta salad recipe to serve to a crowd because it includes everything that most people like. If you are making this for a large group and are unsure of their diets, there are very good gluten-free noodle options out now, which eat like traditional pasta. You could also replace the white granulated sugar with a more natural sweetener, like unpasteurized honey, if desired. Since honey tastes sweeter than sugar, you will need substantially less of it to balance the taste of the dressing. The beauty of this salad is its versatility to be changed for multiple kinds of diets. Thank you to Mary, the author of the Sweet Little Bluebird recipe blog, for sharing her best ever Amish macaroni salad recipe with us.

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