Experimental cooking: Homemade healthy-ish Macaroni Salad…

31 May

A website I have seen a few recipes from lately is the pioneer woman.  My husband loves macaroni salad.  However, it’s fattening and I just wanted a somewhat healthier recipe.  So I found a recipe today entitled The Best Macaroni Salad Ever! (She has amazing photos check it out!)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Elbow Macaroni
  • 3 whole Roasted Red Peppers, Chopped (more To Taste, Can Also Use Pimentos)
  • 1/2 cup Black Olives, Chopped Fine
  • 6 whole Sweet/spicy Pickle Slices, Diced (about 1/2 Cup Diced)
  • 3 whole Green Onions, Sliced (white And Dark Green Parts)
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Or Distilled Vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons Sugar, More Or Less To Taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt, More To Taste
  • Plenty Of Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Milk (more If Needed)
  • Splash Of Pickle Juice (spicy Sweet Pickles)
  • Extra Pickle Juice To Taste

Preparation Instructions

Cook the macaroni in lightly salted water according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Set aside.

Mix together mayo, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Splash in enough milk to make it pourable. Splash in pickle juice for extra flavor. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Set aside.

Place cooled macaroni in a large bowl and pour 3/4 of the dressing. Toss and add more dressing if you’d like. (Dressing will seem a little thin, but it will thicken up as salad chills.)

Stir in olives, roasted red peppers (or pimentos), pickles, and green onions. Add more of any ingredient if you’d like more stuff going on! At the end, splash in a little more pickle juice and stir.

Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Sprinkle with sliced green onion to serve!

All credit goes to the pioneer woman! However, my husband loved this recipe and called me a genius!

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2 Responses to “Experimental cooking: Homemade healthy-ish Macaroni Salad…”

  1. Hope at Disneyland May 31, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    This sounds good. When we make ours, we just use low fat mayonaise and mix it with yogurt or mustard to lessen the calories. We use celery and a dash of parmesan cheese to mix in too.

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