Friday, November 16, 2012

Recipe Rave Review: Deviled Macaroni Salad


I love having a handful of "go-to" meals that are easy to customize depending on who you are serving. TH happens to love "picnic" salads, and while I usually make potato salad for him, the other day I decided to try my hand at Macaroni Salad instead. Even though the weather is cooling down, I found this recipe and decided to try it because of all the ways I could make it my own. For instance, it would be easy to turn this vegan by using Vegenaise and nixing the hard boiled egg, or gluten free by using GF pasta. I also like that I can just use whatever vegetables I happen to like or have on hand.

On this particular day, I had some red bell pepper and cucumber that added some fantastic crunch. I like to seed and lightly peel the cucumber, to make it super crunchy instead of mushy. 


It's also really important to rinse and cool off the pasta after it's cooked. If you don't, the pasta will continue to cook and become mushy!


I have a foolproof way to cook hard boiled eggs to perfection: place eggs in a small pot, cover with cold water and bring to a soft boil. As soon as it boils (try not to walk away and forget about it!) turn off the heat and cover, let sit for 10-15 minutes. Then run under cool water until you can handle them, and you are ready to peel!

Please forgive my non-existant manicure.
What I like best about this recipe, is that it tastes kind of like a deviled egg (I added mustard and a little extra vinegar to make it super tangy) which of course means you'll need a few pinches of paprika for the finishing touch!


Et voila! Pop in the fridge before serving and enjoy!


What is your favorite "go to" meal?


12 comments:

  1. I LOVE macaroni salad and I too like to be able to customize with what is on hand. Now I am hungry! Have a great weekend!!

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    1. I know right! Hope you have a good weekend too, thanks for stopping by :)

      Strive to Thrive,
      Nic

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  2. Yum!!! Pinned this one for later :) My go-to dish is a combination of Trader Joe's lentils, brusetta and sausage - it's SO good!

    xo, April

    http://www.evokela.com/

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    1. Minus the sausage that sounds delish! That reminds me, I make a mean pasta salad with TJ bruschetta sauce (love that stuff). I will have to write that one up too.

      Strive to Thrive,
      Nic

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  3. It looks so good! I do the same thing when I boil eggs. My go-to meal would probably be beef stroganoff. It is the one meal that I have memorized!

    Amy

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    1. The meals you have memorized are the best right? Sometimes I make them so often I get sick of them though, I so I always challenge myself to stick new ones in my brain!!

      Strive to Thrive,
      Nic

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  4. This looks totally delicious, thanks for the recipe!

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    1. You are welcome, have a great weekend!

      Strive to Thrive,
      Nic

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  5. This looks just like the macaroni salad from my favorite deli in college...I cannot wait to make it!

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    1. Let me know how it turns out, or if you do anything different! I'm always curious about how people add their variations.

      Strive to Thrive,
      Nic

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  6. So inspiring honey,I enjoyed in this post;-)
    xx
    B.
    http://www.beeswonderland.com/

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    1. Thank you Borjana! Love your blog, and we are so excited to have international commenters!

      Strive to Thrive,
      Nic

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