Pioneer Woman's Best Macaroni Salad Ever
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- Ready In:
- 4 cups macaroni
- 3 whole roasted red peppers, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup diced sweet and spicy pickle
- 1⁄2 cup black olives, chopped fine
- 3 whole green onions, sliced
- 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or 1 tablespoon distilled vinegar
- 3 teaspoons sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- plenty fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- splash pickle juice
- Cook macaroni in lightly salted water till done. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
- Mix mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, milk and pickle juice in medium sized bowl.
- In large bowl place cooked macaroni. Add about 3/4's of the mayonnaise mixture to the macaroni. Next add the peppers, pickles, olives and onions. If needed, add the remaining dressing. Add a splash of pickle juice to the salad. The salad dressing will thicken up after refrigeration.
- Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.
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I made this recipe as written but we found that it was way under dressed. Good flavor if you could catch some of the dressing but not enough. After making, I doubled the dressing recipe and added it in. This probably could have used more. The original recipe is very dry and tastes like an under seasoned bland macaroni salad. I should have had a warring when she stated what she hates about pasta salad. Double or triple the dressing and this could possible be a good macaroni salad.
Very good macaroni salad, which I usually don't like because it tends to swim in dressing. That being said, I agree that it could still use more dressing than what the recipe calls for. Same for all the goodies - you could easily double the olives, pepper/pimentos, chopped sweet pickles, green onions AND dressing, and this would be even better.
It's now my husband's very favorite! I have made this several times this summer, and I suspect I will make it from now on as a regular! I give it four stars because the dressing can be somewhat runny- and I do not put in the milk. It's likely because I use a bit more pickle juice! I substitute apple cider vinegar for red wine vinegar. I recommend if you are going to use a whole box of salad macaroni, to use twice the amount of sweet pickles and twice the amount of olives. Also, I add some chopped celery to give it a bit more crunch! On the macaroni- make sure you drain it well! That means being a bit patient, and make sure ALL the water is drained off before you add it, or it will be even runnier!
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