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Complete Macaroni Salad with an Easy Macaroni Salad Dressing

Macaroni is such a versatile ingredient and it can be used to make hot recipes like mac and cheese or other macaroni-based dishes, or used to make macaroni salad recipes, richly flavored with fresh vegetables and perhaps fruit, nuts or other tasty ingredients. The following recipe shows you how to make a wonderful macaroni salad, complete with a lime and cilantro macaroni salad dressing.

You can serve this with grilled marinated steaks or chicken or with burgers, or take it along to a potluck dinner or serve it at your next barbecue. Rather than just give you a recipe for the macaroni salad dressing, it is better to detail how to make the whole dish so you can prepare this wonderful recipe without wondering about quantities or ingredients.

Pasta is a budget ingredient which can be served hot or cold, with any kind of meat, fish, poultry or seafood. It is great with cheese or vegetables, and you can cook it to al dente or softer if you prefer. Kids love pasta, and macaroni especially, as much as the grownups do, making this a great dish to consider because you can be sure everyone will enjoy it and it makes a wonderful lunch, snack or side dish. Making this recipe is really simple whether you make the recipe as it is or tweak it to your taste.

The Best Macaroni Salad Dressing Recipe
Summary: This complete macaroni salad boasts a wonderful flavor and it is simple to throw together. This makes a great budget lunch or side dish for any occasion.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 8
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  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 15oz black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked corn kernels, drained
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 ½ cups diced seeded plum tomatoes
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup diced peeled cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  1. Cook the pasta, following the instructions on the package.
  2. Drain it in a colander and rinse under cold water.
  3. Combine the cooled macaroni with the bell pepper, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, corn, beans, garlic, and cilantro and toss to blend.
  4. Combine the rest of the ingredients in another bowl and stir to blend.
  5. Pour the macaroni salad dressing over the macaroni mixture and stir to blend.
  6. Chill for 30 minutes then serve.

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Not only is this a very taste macaroni salad but it is also very simple to make. Once you have cooked and drained your macaroni, you just need to toss it with the other ingredients. Serve this for lunch or a snack, or as a side dish paired with steak, chicken, fish, or any other kind of protein. You will find the whole family loves this dish including the kids and you can sneak all kinds of nutritious vegetables into a creamy macaroni salad and the kids will not even mind because the salad tastes so great.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello and welcome to Amazing Salad Recipes. My name is Christine and I'm delighted you are visiting. I started this blog because salad is such an important dish. It can be a side dish or a whole meal, and there are so many type I love to prepare and serve to my family, helping them get all their nutrients as well as having something they can really enjoy.

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