The Stock Pot: Sensational Sides – All-American Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad

All American Macaroni Salad

The Stock Pot: Sensational Sides – All-American Macaroni Salad

If macaroni salad were a client, I’d tell it that it needed some serious P.R. because, let’s face it, most people have such low expectations of the stuff. I know I’ve had my fair share of overcooked and overdressed macaroni salad that frankly underwhelmed despite all the add-ins that seemed to do nothing more than distract the eye from its mediocrity. The idea of a cool salad on a warm day is enough to stage an intervention and take this American classic from being a wallflower at the barbecue or picnic to rubbing elbows with the burgers and hot dogs front and center.

Time for a taste-lift!

The Stock Pot: Sensational Sides – All-American Macaroni Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salads, Sides
Serves: 12

Ingredients
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons sweet and spicy pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon celery seed
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • one pound box elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • ½ cup frozen peas, thawed
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup diced spicy pickles
  • one (2-ounce) jar chopped pimentos, well-drained
  • ½ pound diced ham
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Instructions
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, pickle juice, vinegar, sugar, garlic powder, onion powder and celery seed. Season to taste with salt and pepper and refrigerate.
  2. Cook the macaroni according to package directions in salted water. Drain and rinse well under cool water; drain again.
  3. Place the macaroni in a large bowl; add the onion, celery, peas, carrots, pickles, pimentos, ham and dill. Add in the dressing and toss well to combine. Refrigerate for two hours before serving.

Notes
…from the Picture-Perfect kitchen:


Planning: The macaroni salad will keep for several days well covered in the refrigerator. Stir in a splash of more pickle juice right before serving for extra zip.
Product Purity: So many brands of pickles and pickle relish are made with high fructose corn syrup. I adore Boar’s Head Sweet Pickles with Horseradish.
Presentation: Here’s a fun idea for packing up and serving the salad – try a cookie tin. They come in lots of patterns and colors for a pretty presentation.

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