Macaroni Salad With Dill and Ham

"This is from Food TV's website (next to Zaar, my favorite recipe website.) I have not made this yet, am posting for future use. Can't wait to try it, though! The recipe also had this interesting comment: Why the milk? When we left it out of the recipe, the macaroni absorbed too much of the dressing and the salad was overly acidic. Adding just a couple tablespoons mellowed the dressing and gave the salad a wonderful old-fashioned quality without being goopy or heavy."
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Ready In:
1 bowl




  • To mellow the minced onion, soak it in cold water while you make the salad.
  • Bring a large pot of cold water to a boil over high heat and salt it generously. Add the macaroni and boil, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 8 minutes.
  • Drain the macaroni in a colander, put in a serving bowl, and toss with the milk. Allow the macaroni to cool slightly while you make the dressing.
  • Dressing:

  • Whisk the vinegar, mustard, the 2 teaspoons salt, and black pepper to taste in a large bowl.
  • Gradually whisk in the olive oil, starting with a few drops and then adding the rest in a steady stream to make a smooth, slightly thick dressing. Whisk in the sour cream.
  • Drain the onions, pat dry, and add to the macaroni along with the ham, peas, celery, and dill.
  • Add the dressing and fold to coat the pasta evenly.
  • Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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  1. August 23, 2009: Very good. Made this today for lunch. I used corkscrew pasta. The use of milk is an interesting tip. When I tasted the dressing I was worried that the Dijon mustard and vinegar would overpower the pasta salad..but it didn't! :) My whole family enjoyed it and it is quick and easy to throw together. Thank you for the recipe. December 27, 2009: Great way to use up leftover ham from the holidays.


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