Monday, June 28, 2010

Summer Recipe: Garden Macaroni Salad

If you're looking for a flavorful summer recipe, I've got ya covered! My mom's Garden Macaroni Salad is perfect for a 4th of July cookout, or simply as a side for an afternoon or evening meal.

Garden Macaroni Salad
2 cups dry macaroni
3/4 cup mayonaise
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp basil leaves
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup cucumber, diced
1/4 cup green pepper, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
2 TBSP scallions, sliced (optional)
Cook macaroni according to package instructions (do not overcook!). Rinse with cold water. In a separate bowl, blend mayo, salt, pepper, and basil together. Add salad dressing. Then add the rest of the ingredients. 

Wha-la! This recipe is forgiving...last time I made it I was out of basil so I omitted that ingredient. I have also left out the scallions and celery before. Tweek this recipe based on what you have on hand and what your family likes. Enjoy!

This post is linked to Tasty Tuesday, Tuesdays At The Table, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Delicious Dishes, WFMW: Summer Recipe Edition, The Ultimate Recipe Swap, "Grow. Eat. Save." and Once-a-Month Cooking Festival.


  1. I love pasta salad! Thanks for the recipe and linking to TMTT.

  2. Can you believe I've never made macaroni salad before? I think I'm definitely missing out - yours looks really good!

  3. Mmmm.... Friends of ours make a macaroni salad with tiny chunks of cheddar cheese in it. I bet yours would be good with chunks of mozzarella (thinking basil/Italian, you know)...!! :)

  4. Oooh, especially if it was the AWESOME mozzarella cheese that is made locally here by a near-by B&B! When you come to visit me, Audrey, *AHEM* I will purchase some for you to taste...

  5. That looks lovely - a perfect summer side dish. I like the idea of using Italian salad dressing and mayo in it.

  6. YUM! Love me some pasta salad! This sounds absolutely delish! :D

    Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  7. love macaroni salad and this one looks sooo goood

  8. This is just the kind of macaroni salad my husband loves. Okay, me too!

  9. Love macaroni salad! This looks soo tasty!
    Thanks for linking up!

  10. This looks delicious. I mentioned this recipe on a my blog today.

  11. That looks great! I think I'm going to have to make this today. What an inspiration! :0)

  12. Sooo...I just re-read this and realized I left CUCUMBERS out of the ingredient list! Silly me! It really tastes great with the cucumbers, ya'll.

  13. Sounds yummy - will have to try this some time. Thanks for sharing this with us!


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