Macaroni Salad Italian Dressing with Parmesan
This easy recipe combines Italian flavors such as parmesan, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic and more for a simple yet tasty macaroni salad Italian dressing. Let this macaroni salad Italian dressing recipe sit for at least an hour, so the flavors can blend and develop. It is best to leave it overnight, for a more intense and smoother flavor.
When you are ready to serve it, stir it through cooked macaroni with your favorite additions. Diced tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, pineapple, cilantro, and onion are popular macaroni salad additions although you can use your imagination and add anything you like to such a salad, including meat such as cooked chicken, turkey, ham, or beef, or fish such as shrimp or crab. Whether you are using leftover vegetables and pasta to make such a dish or cooking it from scratch, this macaroni salad Italian dressing will finish your salad off perfectly.
There is very little point in taking the trouble to prepare a homemade macaroni salad with fresh vegetables and other tasty ingredients if you are just going to drench it in some commercial dressing to drown out those flavors. Instead, try this recipe and prepare your own Italian dressing because it offers a fresher, better taste, and making it is simply a question of whisking or shaking the ingredients together until well combined.
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons white sugar
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon grated parmesan cheese
- ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup cider vinegar
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Put all the ingredients in a large bottle and shake to blend.
- Let the flavors develop for an hour and serve, refrigerating any leftovers.
Making a macaroni salad is very simple. You just need to cook and drain some macaroni, cut your meat, fish or veggies into small pieces, consider adding nuts, cheese, olives or other ingredients, and then dress the salad. But what kind of dressing is best with a macaroni salad? Actually, you should forget the sugary, store-bought varieties which will only drown out the aromatic flavors in your carefully prepared salad, and instead whisk a few ingredients together to make your own dressing. This one includes parmesan and garlic, and the flavor is ideal with any type of macaroni or pasta salad.
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