I had this crazy craving for macaroni salad. But not the goopy mayo-ie kind. I wanted something different, something with new ingredients in it.
And also something that did not involve elbow macaroni. There are only 2 things in this world elbow macaroni should be used for...1 of them is Macaroni and Cheese and the other is crafting. I mean who doesn't love a well made macaroni necklace!
So I did a little poking around the internet and found this recipe. Of course it's from Pioneer Woman. I kinda sorta like her stuff! Her recipes never ever fail me!
This here fancy pants macaroni salad has olives and roasted red peppers and I really gave it a fancy spin by using BOW TIE PASTA!! That’s right I am as fancy as you thought!
Oh man is this pasta salad good. I ate it with every meal for 3 days then sadly it was gone. :( I will for sure be making this again. For my friends who invite me to their next BBQ don't be surprised if I show up with a yummy bowl full of bow ties!!
One more thing...I kind of made the sauce to taste. I'm a add as I mix kind of gal. I'm certain I used more of everything than what the recipe calls for because that’s just what I do!
Sooooo because I was too busy stuffing my face with this salad I forgot about a pretty pic. So serve yourself up some in your fancy "china" and go about your day! My macaroni salad really helped me get through some brutal expense reports. Hehe!
Enjoy and Keep on Making Stuff!!
The Best Macaroni Salad Ever
4 cups Elbow Macaroni
3 whole Roasted Red Peppers, Chopped (more To Taste, Can Also Use Pimentos)
½ cups Black Olives, Chopped Fine
6 whole Sweet/spicy Pickle Slices, Diced (about 1/2 Cup Diced)
3 whole Green Onions, Sliced (white And Dark Green Parts)
½ cups Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Red Wine Or Distilled Vinegar
3 teaspoons Sugar, More Or Less To Taste
¼ teaspoons Salt, More To Taste
Plenty Of Black Pepper
¼ cups Milk (more If Needed)
Splash Of Pickle Juice (spicy Sweet Pickles)
Extra Pickle Juice To Taste
Cook the macaroni in lightly salted water according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Set aside.
Mix together mayo, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Splash in enough milk to make it pourable. Splash in pickle juice for extra flavor. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Set aside.
Place cooled macaroni in a large bowl and pour 3/4 of the dressing. Toss and add more dressing if you’d like. (Dressing will seem a little thin, but it will thicken up as salad chills.)
Stir in olives, roasted red peppers (or pimentos), pickles, and green onions. Add more of any ingredient if you’d like more stuff going on! At the end, splash in a little more pickle juice and stir.
Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Sprinkle with sliced green onion to serve!