Patti's New Macaronie Salad Recipe

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Patti's New Macaronie Salad

Patti Smith


The taste of honey mustard, balsamic vinegar and mayo really combine well with the tomatoes and tomato juice to make this a bit different. I threw this together today for a picnic, and it really turned out well. I hope you give it a try.
Recipe can easily be doubled or more for larger crowds.

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4 to 6


30 Min


10 Min


1/2 lb
small macaronie shells
1 tsp
hard boiled eggs, diced
1/2 c
diced tomatoes, fresh (i used some of each) save juice for dressing.
1/2 c
canned diced tomatoes (reserve juice)
1/2 c
carrot, julienne, grated, or diced
1/2 small
green bell pepper, diced
1/2 small
red bell pepper, diced
1/4 c
black olives, sliced
2 Tbsp
fresh chives, finely chopped


1/2 to 1 c
good mayonnaise
1/4 c
juice from canned tomatoes, or v8 juice would work.
1 to 2 Tbsp
honey mustard
2 Tbsp
balsamic vinegar (to taste)
1 Tbsp
fresh or dried parsley
1 tsp
sweet imported paprika
1/2 tsp
lemon pepper
1/2 tsp
onion powder (not onion salt)
1/4 tsp
celery seed
1/4 Tbsp
dried, granulated orange peel or use 1/2 tsp fresh peel, no pith (white part)
granulated sugar or honey to taste, if necessary

Directions Step-By-Step

Add macaronie to salted, boiling water in large pot. Use at least 1/2 gallon on water. Boil according to directions on box, about 6 minutes until tender but not mushy. Strain and run cold water through until cool. Strain again.
In a small mixing bowl, add mayo, juice from can of diced tomatoes, honey mustard, and balsamic vinegar, stirring contstantly. Taste a little and see if it needs honey and/or sugar, and adjust. Continue adding the remaining dressing ingredients and tasting to your preference.
Put well drained macaronie into a large bowl. Add diced eggs, tomatoes and remaining vegetables, gently stirring in after each item until thoroughly mixed.
Gradually add dressing and stir gently to coat everything. If salad appears too dry, add some V-8 or tomato juice, or extra mayo as you see fit. Chill for at least 2 hours and serve. Next day is even better.

About this Recipe

Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtags: #veggies, #macaronie