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Nov 11, 2005 01:16 PM

Macaroni Salad; looking for new twist

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I will be making a macaroni salad for 30 to accompany steamed cheeseburgers on Monday night for my set- back league. Looking for a new variation/twist on the basic. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Use a different shape: like cavatappi (screw-shaped) or casalinga/gemelli.

    Use sour cream and/or buttermilk instead of mayonnaise and pickle juice.

    Use a bit of microplaned lemon zest, celery seed and finely minced dill to flavor, in addition to salt and freshly ground pepper. A pinch of cayenne to taste, too.

    Instead of celery and carrot, consider finely shredded parnsip and celeriac.

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    1. re: Karl S.

      tinny chunks of extra sharp cheddar cheese is good

    2. I use small-shell macaroni, to which I add chopped hard-boiled eggs, sweet pickle relish, finely diced Bermuda (white) onion and celery and about a pound of shrimp meat. I make a dressing of mayonnaise, prepared mustard, sweet pickle juice, cider vinegar, salt, freshly ground pepper and Watkins Potato Salad Seasoning. People always rave about this salad, and it is much faster to make than potato salad.

      1. Have a couple of easy versions:
        1. Elbow macaroni, sliced green olives, onions, cubed cheddar cheese. Dressing of a bit of Hellmans, olive juice and some dry mustard.
        2. Your choice of pasta ( I like mostaccioli), Lots of garlic- use more than you think you need. S/P, fresh thyme and a good olive oil. I always add chicken to this dish. Is is really easy and really tasty. But you need to add more garlic and oil that you thnk you need. I serve freshly grated cheese on the side. A meal in itself.

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        1. re: macca

          Try drained jarred artichokes, cooked brocoli, chopped kalamata olives or a good olive tapenade, grated carrots, a few drops of hot sauce and mayo. Delicous!!

        2. Apples and toasted & sliced almonds.

          1. My mom makes a good version I've not seen elsewhere.

            Elbow macaroni, tuna fish, sliced cukes, cubed tomatoes, salt, pepper, and mayo. She also does a variation on this and also adds chopped onions and peppers.