Thursday, September 10, 2009

Confetti Macaroni Salad

My girls love pasta. Not as much as potatoes, but mac n cheese is a big hit...and so is spaghetti (which I'll post later!). But, on a hot summer holiday, macaroni salad is a refreshing treat...especially when it's colorful and full of a variety of flavors and textures. Did I mention that we hate boring food? Well, this salad has a lot of flavors and colors. That's how it got it's name. It's best when it's been allowed to develop overnight, but don't worry if you want to dive into it right away.

Confetti Macaroni Salad

1 lb small shell macaroni
2 hard boiled eggs
2 ears roasted corn
2 green onions, chopped
6 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 small red onion, diced
1 small jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
1 small can sliced black olives
1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


12 oz. light sour cream
16 oz. light mayonaise
3 TBSP apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1 TBSP salt
1 1/2 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp fresh garlic, diced
Cayenne Pepper-to taste

For the salad, cook macaroni according to package directions. Cook eggs and corn. To roast corn, place corn still in husks in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. You want it to be crisp-tender. When done, peel back the husks and remove silk. Rinse well. Remove the kernals and place in a medium size bowl. Add vegetables to this bowl as they are prepared. Remove macaroni from the water when just tender and rinse under cold water until cool. Drain completely. Peel and dice eggs. All ingredients should be at room temperature when assembled together. Place everything in a large mixing or serving bowl; one with a lid/seal is ideal.

In a seperate bowl, add together all ingredients for dressing. Taste. Make adjustment according to your liking. I like mine a little less salty and with a little "zip". When thoroughly mixed, add to salad and blend well, making sure all pasta is coated and all ingredients have dispersed through the salad. Refrigerate at least 2 hours if possible...overnight is best.

Serve cold.

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