"dirty" mac salad

★★★★★ 3 Reviews
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By Carol Davis
from 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.

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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!

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★★★★★ 3 Reviews
serves 8
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
  • DRESSING
  • 1 c
    mayonnaise
  • 1/2 c
    sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp
    yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive juice (from jar)
  • 1/2 oz
    vodka (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 1 tsp
    pepper
  • 1 tsp
    celery seed
  • 1 dash
    cayenne pepper (optional)

How To Make "dirty" mac salad

  • Cooked pasta draining on a colander.
    1
    Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain. Allow to cool as you prepare vegetables and dressing.
  • Adding onion, celery and green olives to pasta.
    2
    Toss pasta, onions, celery, and olives.
  • Preparing the pasta salad dressing.
    3
    Prepare the dressing.
  • Adding dressing to the pasta and vegetables.
    4
    Gently fold into macaroni and vegetables. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
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