Mom’s Macaroni Salad

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Happy birthday to my bestie, Kami Simon! I know you won’t be eating this for your birthday, but I hope you do have something very tasty to eat!

So today’s entry is my mom’s macaroni salad. It’s another one of those quick and easy recipes that you don’t need exact measurements for – you can make as little or as much of it as you like and, of course, substitute out another vegetable. The trick is, though, to use fresh vegetables instead of frozen or canned.

When I was a child, my mother had to contend with some very fussy and unique eaters that were me and my brother. Every so often, as money allowed, she’d buy us a treat in the store and ask us what we’d like. There were times when we chose fresh fruit over candy bars. Get us to eat liver? Nope. The first time I said it was green was the end of her fixing liver for a very long time. Macaroni salad the way her mom used to make it? Nope. Wasn’t happening.

The thing is, she likes macaroni salad. Homemade macaroni salad, and Grandma P used to make it with tuna and peas. Think of it as like a cold tuna noodle casserole, only with elbows instead of egg noodles and Miracle Whip instead of cream of mushroom soup. That was Grandma P’s recipe, that’s what she prepared for ten kids, and that’s what my mom, my aunts, and my uncles like. Unfortunately, because her very young children were picky eaters, she couldn’t always make it that way and expect it to not be thrown out if it wasn’t eaten in a timely manner.

So, rather than give up her desire for macaroni salad, she improvised. Here is her recipe, one that I absolutely love as another summertime favorite.

Mom’s Macaroni Salad

Miracle Whip

seashell macaroni

cherry tomatoes, halved

celery, chopped

onion, chopped

green pepper, chopped

cucumber, quartered

radishes, either halved or quartered

Cook the seashells according to the package instructions. Drain and let cool. Use cold water to speed the process if you wish. Prep the veggies. In a large bowl, mix then cover and refrigerate.

Yep. My mother raised two interesting human beings who liked macaroni salad with fresh vegetables. When I go to make this for myself, I’ll be substituting out the Miracle Whip for organic mayo, the tomatoes – still not a huge fan – and possibly the radishes, but I will be making me this salad very soon!

Enjoy this recipe and stay cool, my friends!

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