The Best Macaroni Salad Recipe we’ve ever made. Silky, perky, and sooooo addictive!
How to describe this macaroni salad…. Well, it’s like crack.
Once you start, you just can’t stop.
In all honesty, I’m usually not a fan of macaroni salad. Most of the recipes I’ve tried over the years have been too sweet, too mayonnaise-y, too bland, or too dry and clumpy.
However, recently I was at a barbecue restaurant and decided to give the macaroni salad a taste. I was pleasantly surprised by the zesty flavor and silky texture. It still wasn’t life-changing for me, but it did inspire me to come home and make a version.
Today’s “The Best Macaroni Salad” might be better titled “The Only Macaroni Salad” because it is truly the only macaroni salad I’ve ever tasted or made that I get excited about.
In fact, it’s hard not to eat it right out of the serving bowl.
So what’s the secret?
The right blend of ingredients to create a salty-slightly sweet bite, that is balanced in spice and tang.
Along with the traditional mayo-based dressing, I like to add roasted red peppers, sweet pickle relish, scallions, cooked bacon, garlic, hot sauce and KALE.
Let me explain…
A little hot sauce, scallions, garlic, and rich fatty bacon balance out the tendency for macaroni salad to be too sweet.
The roasted red peppers, pickle relish, and kale offer intense flavor and color that has stay-power, making The Best Macaroni Salad a marvelous make-ahead and leftover.
Look at the kale. It’s a pop of color that doesn’t wilt down like most fresh herbs.
The texture of The Best Macaroni Salad is creamy-smooth, with little pops of crunch mingled throughout.
My family is nuts over The Best Macaroni Salad. It’s a side dish they ask for again and again. I bet yours will too!
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