Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins
I take this salad to a lot of picinics during the summer and it is always a big hit. I know it looks like a lot of ingredients, but it is really simple to assemble. I vary it with diced ham, turkey or chicken as well. The recipe is easy to double and the serving amount really depends on what you intend on having it for a side dish or a buffet type item.Enjoy!
- 2⁄3 cup sour cream (i use low fat)
- 1⁄3 cup mayonnaise (i use light here too)
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
- 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
- 1⁄4 teaspoon white pepper (although black works fine here)
- 4 cups cooked elbow macaroni (about 8 oz uncooked)
- 1 cup sliced green onion
- 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (i use reduced fat)
- 1⁄2 cup diced baby carrots
- 1⁄2 cup green pepper
- 1⁄2 cup sliced celery
- Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; stir well.
- Add macaroni and remaining ingredients.
- Toss well to coat.
- Cover and chill for at least 2 to 4 hours before serving.
I was looking for a simple recipe to make to sell in my deli. I tried this recipe and it was an instant hit. This salad is a "drier" macaroni salad. Some macaroni salads seem to bathe in mayonnaise. This does not. I have been making this salad with some adaptations for more than 6 months usually twice/week. As a note, I made this salad originally as written with both red and green peppers. When I didn't have red peppers, I substituted roasted red peppers finely diced or diced pimento. It doesn't add a lot of flavor, but it makes for pleasant presentation.
A bit different than my usual macaroni salad. I liked all the vegetables in it, using red onion rather than green. I would shred the carrots next time as I'm not so good at dicing and my carrot pieces were just a bit too big. I added some seasoning salt and garlic powder for just a little extra flavor.
This salad was so easy and nice, but lacked any real WOW properties. We thought it should be somewhere between three and four stars, but I'm rounding up. Really, it was good and very simple to prepare. ~Jeff's Girl Way Out West