Creamy Cucumber Macaroni Salad

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If you don't feel like cooking a huge meal, the best salad recipes are the perfect thing to make. This Creamy Cucumber Macaroni Salad shared by Melissa from Chin Deep is one of the best healthy salads because it includes vegetables like cucumber so you'll get the nutritional benefits of cucumbers every time you enjoy it. Sometimes, especially in the heat of summertime, you don't feel like cooking up a big meal. So, whenever you don't feel like cooking, easy dinner ideas like the best healthy salads are just the thing to make. First of all, cooking pasta requires minimal effort, and you don't even have to use your oven. The only thing you have to spend time cooking in this recipe is the pasta, then you simply cool the noodles, and they are ready to be added to the salad. This cucumber salad is best healthy salads and easy dinner ideas you can cook up to serve alongside an entree like grilled chicken or salmon. It's also a family friendly meal idea that you could bring to barbeques, picnics, and family gatherings. When you're cooking for a large group or for your own family, going with family friendly meal ideas that everyone will enjoy is always a good idea. Family friendly meal ideas have to check off a few boxes as well. They have to taste great, they also have to have ingredients that everyone likes, and they should also be healthy. Cooking them should also be relatively easy as well so that you're not spending all of your time in the kitchen. This is one of the best salads that ticks all of the boxes.

This salad recipe includes regular pasta salad ingredients like elbow macaroni which is the typical type of pasta noodle used in a pasta salad. You could also swap out the macaroni for rotini and penne pasta noodles. All of the best salads use smaller noodles since they tend to soak up a lot of the flavours in the recipe. Plus, they are much easier to eat too. If you are gluten intolerant or sensitive, or someone in your family is, you could also cook up some gluten-free noodles instead. Cooking gluten-free noodles would ensure that this salad could be eaten by pretty much anyone. Gluten-free noodles are cooked the same way as any other noodles are, and just like other noodles, cooking them too long will make them really soggy which you don't want, especially for a pasta salad. Cooking your noodles just until they are al dente or slightly firm will be best for the best salads. The other ingredients in the salad recipe include cucumbers, onion, garlic, mayonnaise, sour cream, dijon mustard, vinegar, parmesan cheese, sugar and dill. You may want to buy the cucumbers organic since they are on the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen list of fruits and vegetables that show up with higher levels of pesticide. So to avoid ingesting harmful toxins and chemicals, it's best to buy organic when you see a food on the Dirty Dozen list.

The nutritional benefits of cucumbers include being very high in silica, fibre and water. They also have multiple B vitamins, like vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B7 which is supposed to be great for anxiety and stress. The nutritional benefits of cucumbers will also aid in the digestion of other foods as well which is why they are a part of all the best healthy salads. You can also get the nutritional benefits of cucumbers by juicing them or adding cucumber slices to your water. If you're looking at cooking up some more easy dinner ideas or family friendly meal ideas, Chin Deep is a great source of all sorts of recipes from the best salads to decadent desserts.***

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