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Easy Summer Macaroni Salad

Easy Summer Macaroni Salad

Easy Summer Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad is the perfect side dish for pool parties, barbecues and picnics. Because you serve it cold, you can make it ahead of time. This colorful macaroni salad is one of my favorites and I know you will love it too. Many summer macaroni salad recipes are heavy on the sauce, but this one really lets the veggies shine through.

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16 oz. Elbow Macaroni
½ Red Onion
1 Green Bell Pepper
1 Red Bell Pepper
¼ C fresh Parsley
1 Carrot
¾ C Mayonnaise
1 T Spicy Dijon Mustard
Salt and Pepper to taste

Easy Summer Macaroni Salad

How to Make Easy Summer Macaroni Salad

Cook macaroni to al dente texture according to package directions, drain and rinse. Al dente means that it is firm to the bite. I like to scoop a few noodles out of the pasta water with a spoon and run under cool water in the sink, then bite into the middle of the noodle. If it is still white inside, it is not done cooking. You want to cook the noodles just until the white disappears. This summer macaroni salad recipe calls for al dente noodles so that they keep their shape when you mix with the other ingredients.

Transfer to large bowl, let cool. You can put the bowl in the refrigerator if you want the noodles to cool more quickly.

While macaroni cooks and cools, chop red onion, bell peppers, parsley and dice carrot.

Easy Summer Macaroni Salad

Add red onion, bell peppers, parsley, carrot, mayonnaise, mustard and salt and pepper to macaroni. Mix well and refrigerate until cool.

Serve cold or at room temperature.

Easy Summer Macaroni Salad

If you are a pasta lover like me, try this simple Garlic Parmesan Noodles recipe.

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Easy Summer Macaroni Salad

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. Elbow Macaroni
  • ½ Red Onion
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • ¼ C fresh Parsley
  • 1 Carrot
  • ¾ C Mayonnaise
  • 1 T Spicy Dijon Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook macaroni to al dente texture according to package directions, drain and rinse. Transfer to large bowl, let cool.
  • While macaroni cooks and cools, chop red onion, bell peppers, parsley and dice carrot.
  • Add red onion, bell peppers, parsley, carrot, mayonnaise, mustard and salt and pepper to macaroni. Mix well, refrigerate until cool.
  • Serve cold or at room temperature.

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Easy Summer Macaroni Salad

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