Macaroni Salad

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What can be better than macaroni salad in the summer time? Macaroni salad offers the best of a green salad and the best of pasta to produce a kind of pasta salad recipe. You get plenty of good veggies and the pasta helps you feel full and satisfied when you eat it. This pasta salad recipe blends some really terrific ingredients, herbs and seasonings, as well as the veggies and macaroni to create a very special and flavorful macaroni salad. The macaroni salad could be served as a lunch on its own, or as a side dish to any of chicken, fish or red meat. It contains a lot of flavor punch and so will stand up well to grilled fish, a great steak or BBQ chicken. Or serve it alone. It is great just as a pasta salad for lunch or dinner. You choose. This macaroni salad is also visually very appealing because the salad recipe includes a colorful array of red and green veggies. They just pop when served blended in to a pasta salad. They would also be delicious with a whole wheat or rice based pasta. If you make it with a rice pasta it also becomes gluten free.

More and more people are choosing more non wheat dishes, and not just because they may be sensitive to the gluten in the flour. (Gluten can also be found in barley, rye, bulgur, graham flour, and couscous, among other foods). If you are gluten sensitive, you probably have an extensive list of foods that you cannot enjoy as a result. But it is easy to make the switch to non-gluten foods, and it is always appreciate by people who have food sensitivities when they can share and enjoy the foods that have been prepared, and not have to bring their own or eat only sparingly of what might be offered. So learn to bake plenty of things, like macaroni salad, pasta salad or any salad recipe, with gluten free ingredients. It expands your own culinary base and increases your cooking skill. And your friends who cannot enjoy gluten will be very grateful for your consideration.

Gluten free foods make an interesting contrast to wheat based dishes. If you have not tried a rice pasta, this might be a great time to do so, in this macaroni salad. Rice pasta is somewhat more transparent when it is cooked, and its flavor is lighter. Still, it will stand up well in this lovely pasta salad recipe, and work brilliantly with the veggies and other ingredients. Whether you use white, wheat or rice pasta, this macaroni salad will become a regular on your lunch and dinner menu, and one that your family and friends will ask for often. This macaroni salad works equally well for dinner at home, to take to outings with friends, on community picnics or to any family gathering. Check it out and make it up tonight. And don’t forget about the gluten free option. Enjoy! Thank you to Swanky Recipes for this macaroni salad recipe.

Nutrition Facts for: Macaroni Salad from Swanky Recipes
Ingredients: Macaroni, mayonnaise, sour cream, olive oil, mustard, salt, pepper, lemon juice, bacon bits, avocado, green onions, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, bread and butter pickles.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings.* Per Serving: Calories 224, Calories from Fat 122, Total Fat 13.6g 21%, Saturated Fat 3.7g 18%, Cholesterol 31mg 10%, Sodium 477mg 20%, Potassium 312mg 9%, Carbohydrates 16.7g 6%, Dietary Fiber 2.8g 11%, Sugars 3.3g, Protein 9.5g, Vitamin A 8%, Vitamin C 11%, Calcium 2%, Iron 6%

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