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American Macaroni Salad


Great flavors, but a bit heavy on the dressing for our tastes. We'll reduce it by at least 1/3 cup next time. Best to add it slowly. We use small shells instead of elbow macaroni, and add a cup of tuna salad.

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  • 2 cups dry elbow macaroni, cooked, rinsed, and drained
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion, soaked in cold water for 5 minutes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup diced vine-ripened tomato (optional)
  • 1/2 cup prepared mayonnaise
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 30mins
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Step 1

In a large bowl combine the macaroni, celery, onion, parsley and tomato, if using.

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, vinegar, sour cream and salt. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir to combine.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve. Store covered in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.

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