This is my next step down memory lane. For some reason, I have been feeling particularly nostalgic lately. Maybe it’s because I have been seeing so many graduation pictures of kids of friends–friends that I myself graduated with many (many) years ago. Maybe it’s because I’ve started to learn that some of my friends’ kids–kids that I watched grow up–are having kiddos of their own. Maybe it’s because I live so far away from family and many friends that my mind naturally takes me back to happy, fun, carefree days that are harder to find as we get older.
Yeah, I’m a ray of sunshine today, huh?
But the title of this post is an upbeat one, full of promise for anyone who decides to dive into my my childhood with me. I say that this is the best macaroni salad EVER. I’m sure that’s up for debate by others, but in my humble (well, sometimes not so humble) opinion, this one really is THE best.
OK, so I’m a little bit biased. This recipe is my family’s recipe, made for nearly every summer potluck I ever attended. And that’s not just when I was a kid. My folks are still known to make and take this simple and flavor-bomb of a macaroni salad to many-a-party.
Why is this one so darned fabulous? Well, allow me to wax poetic on the crimes of other macaroni salads. So many imposters out there suffer from one of two sins:
- They’re bone dry, making you feel like you need a chaser of anything wet after trying to choke it down.
- They’re over-dressed, macaroni swimming in whatever sauce or wet concoction is tossed into the cooked pasta. You feel like you need a sieve just to get at the actual macaroni.
This perfect macaroni salad is neither of those things, and has texture beyond just some overdone and sticky elbow macaroni. The right mix of two kinds of mayo, along with the crunch of celery, the tang of apple cider vinegar, and the the punch of onion and green pepper make this a unique take on a picnic classic.
Every time I take a bite of this macaroni salad, I am transported back to those days of childhood summers and family gatherings. It’s a good feeling, and an even better bite of nostalgia! Enjoy!
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