Sunday, May 26, 2024

Sweet and Creamy Macaroni Salad










I like my macaroni salad a little on the sweet side.  I’m not a fan of those grocery store pre-packaged macaroni salads with loads of chopped veggies and that tangy vinegar taste.  Mine has to be sweet and creamy and just a few ingredients.  How do I get that taste, I use sweetened condensed milk!  Don’t worry, it’s not too sweet.  The other ingredients balance it all out.  I make it for cookouts or potlucks and it’s always a big hit!

Sweet and Creamy Macaroni Salad

1 (16-oz) box elbow macaroni

4 medium carrots, grated

1 red onion, chopped

2 cups mayonnaise

1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup cider vinegar (or use pickle juice)

¼ cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

Cherry tomatoes for garnish

½ teaspoon dill or chopped chives

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain.

Combine cooked macaroni, carrots, and onion in a large bowl.













Whisk together mayonnaise, sweetened condensed milk, cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour over macaroni mixture and stir well.

Add cherry tomatoes and some dill or chives for color

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

What else can you add?













Peas: You can just toss in frozen peas, they’ll thaw out overnight.

Ham. Diced ham is also really popular especially in a Hawaiian version which also has pineapple in it.

Red Onions: They’re slightly sweeter than yellow onions and add a fun color.

Bell Peppers: Don’t worry, they will have a slight crunch but also somewhat soften overnight.

Tuna: Tuna Macaroni Salad is hugely popular and a perfect easy picnic main dish option since you’re adding a protein.

Eggs: Chopped eggs are also an easy and very popular mix-in. Use 3-4 large eggs that have been hard boiled.

Pickle Juice: If vinegar is too harsh a flavor for you, try substituting pickle juice!

Cheese: Cubed bits of cheddar cheese added to your salad is an easy protein addition.






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