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I love macaroni salad. It is one of my favorite summer side dishes. I usually pick up some at the market because I have yet to find a recipe that I like. Usually I find that the macaroni salads other people make are full of mayonnaise. I like my macaroni salad with more of a mustard flavor which is why when I came across Melissa’s version of this summer side dish I knew I was going to love it.
This macaroni salad is full of fresh, crisp vegetables. The dressing has a small amount of mayonnaise and a lot of other spices in order to give it a great flavor. It’s much lighter then the version I pick up at the market and certainly lighter then any other version I’ve made at home before. My husband and I loved the taste of the mustard and the lightness to this macaroni. It does not taste light, but it went perfectly with our grilled burgers.
Melissa’s Macaroni Salad (adapted from I Was Born To Cook )
1 pound elbow macaroni (cooked, drained, and cooled)
1/4 c. celery, chopped
1/4 c. green pepper, chopped
1/4 c. red pepper, chopped
1/3 c. carrots, shredded
1/4 c. Miracle Whip Light (or mayonnaise)
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 T. yellow mustard
1 t. vinegar
1 pickle, minced
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
1 t. celery seed
1 t. sugar