Macaroni salad is a family-favorite in most households. The great thing about macaroni salads are, you can really go with what you have on hand. Substitutions are easy and almost anything goes. If you don’t have green peppers, how about celery? If you’re out of scallions, how about regular onions? You really can change this up every single time you make it and you’ll still get good results.
A basic recipes follows but remember, whatever you have on hand can probably be used in place of something you’re missing.
4 cups of cooked macaroni
1/2 cup of diced green peppers (Any color peppers work)
1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup of chopped scallions
1/4 cup of shredded or grated carrots
1/4 cup of chopped black or green olives
2 hard boiled eggs coarsely chopped
1 cup of mayo
1/2 cup of sour cream
2 tablespoon of prepared mustard
1/2 tablespoon of garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl stir together macaroni, green pepper, scallions, carrots and olives. Gently fold in the cheese
In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the mayo, sour cream, mustard, garlic powder until it’s fully mixed. Add the chopped hard boiled eggs. For a creamier dressing, finely chop your eggs.
Fold the dressing into the salad and stir until well mixed.
Garnish with parsley or olives or just about anything else that will look nice on top
This salad is great for barbecues, as it goes well with almost any grilled meat. You can also easily double this or half it to serve more or less. And again, don’t be afraid to change it up and add different ingredients to either the dressing or the salad. You really can’t go wrong with this one.