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"dirty" mac salad

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Carol Davis
Silver City, NM

This recipe was inspired by a dirty martini. I went searching for a mac salad recipe with green olives. Couldn't find one that sounded good. So I made one up myself.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Is a dirty martini your cocktail of choice? Then this pasta salad is going to become your favorite recipe! Onions and pepper give the creamy pasta a little bite and crunch. The dressing is a nice combination of flavors and gives the dish a different flavor than traditional recipes. In our opinion, the salty olives are the best part. Unusual and very tasty!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Refrigerate/Freeze

Ingredients For "dirty" mac salad

  • 8 oz
    Ditalini pasta (1/2 of a 16 oz bag, or 1-1/2 cup raw)
  • 1/2 c
    fine diced purple onion
  • 3/4 c
    fine diced celery
  • 8
    pimento stuffed queen olives, diced
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
    sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp
    yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive juice (from jar)
  • 1/2 oz
    vodka (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    celery seed
  • 1 dash
    cayenne pepper (optional)

How To Make "dirty" mac salad

  • Cooked pasta draining on a colander.
    Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain. Allow to cool as you prepare vegetables and dressing.
  • Adding onion, celery and green olives to pasta.
    Toss pasta, onions, celery, and olives.
  • Preparing the pasta salad dressing.
    Prepare the dressing.
  • Adding dressing to the pasta and vegetables.
    Gently fold into macaroni and vegetables. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.