On a hot summer day, when I don’t feel like heating up the house with a bunch of cooking, I whip up a big bowl of macaroni salad. It is quick, easy, and a favorite of my husband. We eat it as a main dish, which works great, especially if you have a meatless meal once a week. It still has protein because of the eggs, and has lots of healthy vegetables.
Ingredients: (Please note, I make a fairly large amount, because Jason always gets seconds, and always wants leftovers to take to work the next day. Feel free to reduce this recipe.)
1 cucumber, peeled and cubed
1 green pepper, cubed (Does that make sense? Slice it, and then slice it again the other way.)
1/4 onion diced
4 boiled eggs, cubed
1 lb. macaroni noodles cooked, drained, and rinsed
Lemon juice or vinegar
Salt and Pepper
OPTIONAL (I love to add all of these things, but my husband prefers the salad without them.)
1 cup cheese, cubed
1/2 tomato, cubed (Or you could use some red bell pepper, either way, the red makes the dish pop!)
Cook, drain, and rinse the macaroni.
That pasta needs to chill out!
Boil and cube the eggs.
I took this picture to show the beautiful yellow (not gray) yolks of the eggs. Do you want to know how I do it? Or am I the only one who has ever been frustrated by the little bit of gray that happens when eggs are boiled? (Just so that I can use parentheses again, I had to include this comment. Do you know how hard it is to hold a boiled egg in one hand, a camera in the other, and try to take a decent picture? One word. VERY!)
Chop all the other veggies.
But keep the tomatoes separate if you live with a tomato-hater!
Mix together the macaroni, eggs, and veggies.
Make a lovely yellow sauce of mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, sugar, and salt and pepper. This all depends on you and how you like it. My approximate measurements are probably:
1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons mustard
1/4 cup sugar (my husband always adds more)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
We keep the sauce separate from the salad and mix it as we use it. You can also just mix it all together. No matter how you do it, it still tastes fresh and summery.
So, what about you? What is your favorite summer recipe? What do you make to beat the heat? Tell me all about it.
Side note #1 - Wouldn’t you know I spelled parentheses, and mayonnaise right without any problems, but then bombed tomatoes. . . Even teachers mess up sometimes!
Side note #2 – I use a ridiculous amount of parentheses. Have you noticed? Maybe it is because I have to constantly re-pronounce that word for my third and fourth graders when they see it in their tests and textbooks.