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May 27, 2010 03:46 PM

Highland Park Market macaroni salad

I love their plain macaroni salad. Anyone have any idea what they use for moisture? I can't figure it out. It's not the typical grocery store sickeningly sweet goop, it's refreshingly mild but still nice and creamy. They're pretty far from my house, so I don't get out there as much as I'd like, but if I could somehow come close to recreating it at home...


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    1. According to their website they use Hellmann’s Extra Heavy Mayonnaise. Sounds nice and fattening; probably what makes it taste so delicious!

      1. I purchased their macaroni salad after reading your post, and I have to say that it was really good (once I picked out the carrots). It reminds me of the old stews recipe which was my personal fave- creamy w/o being wet- w/diced red onion, green peppers, and celery. Recently, they changed the dressing and it's too sweet and wet. Thank you for the tip!

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        1. re: stuck in Hartford County

          My pleasure. Now, any idea what the heck they use to make it so good??

          1. re: ratbuddy

            First of all, note the absence of pickle relish and it's juice (thank god!). The addition of relish contributes to the sweet/wet style salad that I hate, although other macaroni salads are watery and sweet w/o the relish. The binder appears to be just really thick mayo. It also contained juilened carrots (yuck) and celery. Plus, the pasta was al dente (yay!) and quite hardy (thicker and larger than cheap elbows). That's it, as far as I can tell.

            I usually check the outside of the salad container- if it looks wet I pass on it. If it looks thick/creamy or that clear mayo look of jarred mayo left out for a bit (but not so that it goes bad) I give it a try. It was really obvious when Stews switched (or at least our Stews). But please don't remind me how heart-attack-inducing that mayo has got to be. Lordy!