Macaroni Salad is a must for any BBQ. When was the last time you went to a BBQ and there was no macaroni salad? You could be having burgers, hot dogs, chicken or even some BBQ ribs, doesn't really matter. There must be a good macaroni salad to go with your meat. That's why I cam up with Hot Rod's Macaroni Salad.
Over the years I've had so many different kinds of macaroni salads. Some are dry, while others are creamy. I finally decided to experiment and create my own version. Give this recipe a try and it will make it to your shortlist.
I think what makes my Macaroni Salad so unique is some of the ingredients I added to my version of the classic macaroni salad. Ingredients like avocados, black olives, yogurt, and relish.
💭 What is Al Dente
When making pasta salads, it's important to cook the pasta al dente to ensure to best texture possible. If you are not familiar with the term "al dente", it means cooking the pasta so it's still chewy and firm and that it will hold its shape when the sauce is added to it.
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📋 What Ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make this Macaroni Salad recipe: Macaroni, Peas, Bacon, Avocado, Black Olives, Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Lemon Zest, White Sugar, Salt, Dijon Mustard, Mayonnaise, Sour Cream, Greek Yogurt, Apple Cider Vinegar, Sweet Relish, Chili Powder, Ground Cumin, Fresh Cilantro, Green Onions and Cheddar Cheese.
🥣 How to Make Hot Rod's Macaroni Salad
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the lime juice, olive oil, chili powder, salt & pepper.
Add the remaining ingredients and toss to coat.
Keep chilled until you are ready to serve.
Cook macaroni al dente according to directions.
Drain in a colander and pour in a large mixing bowl.
Add all other ingredients and mix well.
Refrigerate for 1 hour or more before serving.
Hot Rod’s Macaroni Salad
- 1 Pkg Macaroni
- 1 Cup Peas
- 1 Cup Bacon, Crumbled
- 1 Cup Avocado, Diced
- ¾ Cup Black Olives, Chopped
- ⅓ Cup Olive Oil
- ⅓ Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 ½ Tbsp Lemon Zest
- 1 Tbsp White Sugar
- 1 ½ Tsp Salt
- 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 Cup Mayonnaise
- ¼ Cup Sour Cream
- ½ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- ¼ Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- ½ Cup Sweet Relish
- 1 Tsp Chili Powder
- 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
- ⅓ Cup Fresh Cilantro
- ½ Cup Green Onions, Diced
- 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the lime juice, olive oil, chili powder, salt & pepper.
- Add the remaining ingredients and toss to coat.
- Keep chilled until you are ready to serve.
- Cook macaroni al dente according to directions.
- Drain in colander and pour in large mixing bowl.
- Add all other ingredients and mix well.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour or more before serving.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.