Kinda Amish Macaroni Salad
Why only "kinda" Amish? Good question - shows you're paying attention. While the recipe from which this was adapted proudly proclaimed to be Amish Macaroni Salad, I found it to be much too sweet and not eggy enough for our tastes. After playing a bit with proportions and trying different types of vinegar and mustard, this is what resulted -- and although it's only Kinda Amish, it is, indeed, Very Deelish. You may save one hard cooked egg and slice it to arrange on the top, then sprinkle with paprika. Or you can just put all of the eggs in the salad and mix in some paprika too, and garnish with a few little tufts of fresh parsley. Or, for the presentationally-impaired like myself, just use all the eggs right in the salad, and forget the paprika and parsley. Parsley's always a little bit suspicious in my book anyway - once I got some parsley from a salad bar and it was plastic. Yeah, it was part of the decoration, but you know, they could warn people. "Attention Restaurant Patrons: Salad Bar Decorations Are Non-Edible. Everything Else Is Okay To Eat. No, Really. We Mean It." Oh, by the way, you'll want to prepare this a day ahead, and chill overnight in a padlocked refrigerator. Otherwise, it'll vanish long before you planned to serve it.
- Ready In:
- 2 cups mayonnaise
- 1⁄4 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard (no other kind will taste right!)
- 1 lb elbow macaroni
- 1⁄2 cup celery, chopped fine
- 1⁄2 cup carrot, chopped fine
- 1⁄4 cup onion, chopped fine
- 8 -10 hardboiled egg, diced (big chunks are okay by me, but chop them small if you like)
- paprika or parsley (optional)
- Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar and mustard; Chill in refrigerator until needed.
- Cook macaroni as directed on package, just until tender; drain and cool.
- Combine macaroni with celery, carrots, onions and eggs.
- Pour mayonnaise mixture over all and stir to mix well.
- Refrigerate overnight in tightly sealed container.
- It may seem a bit wet at first, but after it chills overnight, it's just right.
- There's no salt in this recipe-- if you must, add 1/2 teaspoon to the mayonnaise mixture.
- We're not sodium restricted and we like it just fine without.
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I live in the heart of Amish country, where this salad is very popular and sold at every grocery store. This recipe tastes EXACTLY like the Amish Salad sold in the deli. This recipe is perfect. Considering that they sell the salad for about $4 for a 16 oz container, this recipe is a bargain way to get the same effect.Reply
Made this today for my guys to take to camp. The only thing I changed was to add less sugar (I put a little over 1/4 cup in) and it is outstanding! Used my food processor to chop the veggies and it went together in a snap. I chopped 7 eggs in the salad and sliced 3 on the top. Thanks for sharing.Reply