THIS IS NOT A NUTRITIONALLY HEALTHY RECIPE. IT IS VERY HEALTHY FOR MY SOUL.
You’re more likely to find a margarita in my Grandma’s hand than a tray of cookies- and I love her all the more for it. Her macaroni salad is the sole reason I eat mayonnaise, and it’s just as sassy as she is!
My grandma makes a mean macaroni salad. It’s fiesty, just like her. I grew up on this stuff, and in a way it set me up for a lifetime of disappointment. For example, when I first ordered mac salad in college and received a sad blend of elbow noodles, mayo, and pepper. I need more flavor. I’m not a mayo lover by nature, so if I’m going to eat it- I need other bold flavors.
This macaroni salad is not for the faint of heart, the flavors are vibrant! But, once you try eating it this way you’ll never look back. I just ruined you for all other mac salads. I’m sorry [no I’m not].
This makes a huge bowl. Like, feed-a-large-BBQ-and-still-have-extras huge.
- 1 box ring noodle pasta, cooked
- 2 cans tuna, rinsed and finely chopped
- 9 eggs, hardboiled and peeled
- 1 jar bread and butter pickles, diced
- 1 tbsp. pickle juice…at LEAST
- 1 small Vidalia onion, diced
- 1 jar mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp. Black pepper
- 1 tbsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. paprika
grossoptional ingredient: green olives, diced
Boil water and cook pasta. In the meantime, grab a LARGE bowl. I cannot emphasize this enough. Mash tuna until fine, and combine with pickles, eggs, and onion. I like to reserve 2 eggs for slicing on top of the salad when I bring it other places [at home I don’t bother]. Add salt, pepper, and paprika.
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Add mayo and pickle juice and stir to combine everything. I like to mix before adding the noodles so that they are not obliterated by the stirring process. Finally, add in drained noodles and mix. You can add more mayo from here if you’d like, I’m just not a mayo lover myself. Allow salad to chill completely and sprinkle with more paprika before serving.
Does it bother anyone else that recipes like this are called ‘salads’? What about this is a ‘salad’? …Wait until I share my ‘strawberry salad’ that consists of jello, pretzels and butter. Oh yeah- we’re using the ‘salad’ word really loosely around here these days.
Until next time, enjoy your summertime favorites in moderation. For me and grams, that’ll be mac salad and margaritas. Life is too short to miss out on amazing flavors for the sake of a diet. Allow yourself a small helping and forget the guilt.
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