I'm sharing my mom's recipe for macaroni salad. It's a little time consuming, but it's easy and yummy.
Mama's Macaroni Salad
First, gather up all of your necessary ingredients:
1 lb pasta (any kind, I used elbow noodles)
1/2 small red onion
2 tbsp sweet relish
1 tbsp dill relish
1/2 chopped jalapeno (optional)
1 handful green olives
1 1/2 c. mayo
1 tbsp mustard
1/4 tsp celery salt
1/8 tsp paprika
1/8 c. cider vinegar
1-2 tsp sugar
pinch of garlic salt
pinch of pepper
First things first. Get your pasta cooking, and eggs boiling. If you're like me, you have a hard time determining when the eggs are ready and are considered "hard-boiled".. I have a little trick that'll help you with that. Get your pot full of water, and put your 3 eggs in. Once the water starts boiling, add in the pasta. When the pasta is cooked, the eggs will be perfectly hard boiled!
While that's cooking away, get your veggies all ready.
Take the cucumber, and quarter it, and then slice them up.
Chop up the red onion, jalapeno and green olives. I mostly use my food processor for these steps, it's much quicker and easier clean-up.
Next, throw all of these into a big bowl, and then add in both of the relishes with it all.
Then, mix up the ingredients for the "sauce". Mix together the mayo, mustard, celery salt, paprika, vinegar, sugar, garlic salt and pepper. I put it all in a big measuring cup, and then stir it all together to mix it well.
By now, your pasta should be done. Drain it, and make sure to rinse VERY WELL. The pasta shouldn't be hot when you mix it up. Also, rinse the hard boiled eggs, crack and chop up to your liking.
Sorry, no pictures of those things. Surely you know what they look like. ;)
Next, mix up the pasta with the bowl you have your veggies in. Then add in the chopped eggs.
Then, you're going to pour over about 3/4 of the sauce mixture, and mix. Then cover, and put in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes. The pasta and eggs will soak up some of the wet mix, so after removing from the fridge, pour the remaining mixture on the salad and mix well.
This recipe makes a bowl big enough to share, so be prepared to share with friends.