In my spare time (ha ha), I’ve been attempting to reorganize, categorize and make things a little easier to find. Not only here at Rosemarie’s Kitchen, but with my on online cookbooks stored at yumprint.com as well. When you have some how managed to collect over 4,000 recipes, sometimes the challenge isn’t so much making a dish but finding the recipe!
When I first began this adventure into the world of blogging two years ago, I put together a number of posts for special occasions, be it holidays or party ideas, with several recipes combined in a single post. Case in point – Mema’s Macaroni Salad. This delicious summertime favorite can be found on Keeping the 4th of July Simple and Memorial Day Menu 2 – A Feast for a Crowd. Both are great collections, but what if I don’t want to read through recipe after recipe just to get to one for Macaroni Salad? Most of the time, I love reading entire posting when I’m searching for one recipe in particular because I discover new things along the way (which might explain my insane collection of recipes in the first place). But there are times when I will skip over a post that goes on and on with a multitude of “go togethers” simply because I haven’t the time right then. Oh sure, I’ll flag it for a later read (another collection!) but the time and relevance slip away.
This delicious and super simple Macaroni Salad has been in our family forever (or at least since the 1960s). With the exception of cute little garnishes and presentation ideas, very little has changed. It’s Mom’s recipe and growing up I loved it. Hubby’s favorite, too. He’s a basic kind of guy, so uncomplicated foods suite him just fine. Rather than leave this little gem obscured in a montage of recipes, I thought it would be nice to bring it out of hiding. After all, spring is just around the corner and soon we will be dusting off our picnic baskets, our backyard grills and whatever else to entertain our friends, our families or simply for ourselves to enjoy on a lazy afternoon.
When entertaining, I usually make Mema’s Potato Salad to go with my Macaroni Salad. Have you noticed that there are Potato Salad eaters or Macaroni Salad lovers – preferring one type over another? For big gatherings or when I’m asked to make a few dishes, I like to make both just to keep everyone happy.
Mema’s Macaroni Salad
6 Eggs, hard-boiled
1 lb Salad Macaroni
¼ Cup Green Onions, finely chopped
¼ Cup Red onion, finely chopped
2 Celery Stocks, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon Dill Pickle Relish
1 ½ Cups Best Food Mayonnaise
½ Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste
Green Onions for Garnish (Optional)
¼ Cup Chopped Black Olives (Optional)
Peel hard boiled eggs and set in refrigerator to cool completely.
Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package directions. Drain and rinse well under cold running water. Set aside to continue draining.
In bowl, combine onions, celery, pickle relish, mayonnaise and red wine vinegar. Whisk to combine. Taste dressing and season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Adjust seasoning according to personal tastes.
Chop 4 eggs. Add to dressing. Cut V marks in remaining 2 eggs to create tulip flowers. Reserve 3 flowers, chop remaining flower and add to dressing. Taste dressing a second time, adjust seasonings as necessary.
Place macaroni in a large bowl. Pour egg dressing over macaroni. If desired, add chopped olives and toss to coat. Smooth out top.
Using the back of a spoon, create 3 indentations in the top of the salad. Place Egg flowers into indentations. If desired, sprinkle lightly with paprika. Cover with plastic and refrigerate until well chilled.
Note: Did you know you can color the macaroni to suite the celebration? Check out the photo below – same salad, colored for the 4th of July.