Old Fashion Macaroni Salad with Red Onions and Chives
If you are looking for a macaroni salad recipe which combines creaminess with crunch, this one is sure to hit the spot. Blending fresh flavors like chives and parsley with the spice of paprika and black pepper, as well as tangy lemon juice and creamy mayonnaise, this delicious macaroni salad recipe is sure to be a hit. You can double or triple the recipe and serve it at a buffet. Alternatively, make the whole amount, even if you are only feeding two people, because this keeps for a couple of days in the refrigerator and, once you have tried it, you will definitely want more.
The suggested items for serving with this macaroni salad recipe are salad leave and vine tomatoes. So, what are vine tomatoes exactly? These juicy red treats are left to ripen on the vine rather then picked off the vine when they are green and left to ripen off it. This means they keep getting the nutrients through the vine and end up being sweeter and juicier than non-vine tomatoes.
You can usually smell vine tomatoes through the skin but you have to cut inferior tomatoes open to smell them. It is worth spending a few cents extra on vine-ripened tomatoes because they are really tasty. Of course, if you have some other ones to use up instead then you can use those, or you can serve this flavorful salad with bread instead of salad leaves and tomatoes, or simply by itself.
- ½ lb dried macaroni
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
- ½ diced red onion
- 6 chopped fresh chives
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Salad leaves and vine tomatoes, to serve
- Cook the macaroni, as per the directions on the package, in at least 2 quarts of salted water.
- When it is al dente (tender but still slightly firm) drain it and rinse with cold water until it reaches room temperature.
- Whisk the mayonnaise with the lemon juice, parsley, paprika and a little salt and black pepper to taste.
- Toss the macaroni with the mayonnaise mixture, chives, and red onions.
- Serve the macaroni salad with salad leaves and vine tomatoes.
This is a creamy and full-flavored macaroni salad recipe. The crunch of the onions, herby flavor of the chives and creamy mayonnaise dressing brings the macaroni to life and the salad leaves and vine-ripened tomatoes add even more color and freshness to the plate. You can serve this for lunch or dinner, or even in small portions as an appetizer. Macaroni salad recipes tend to be easy to prepare, often requiring just one pot and one bowl, and this is one of the simplest of all. Trim the fat content by using reduced-fat mayonnaise if you want.
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