Macaroni and Potato Salad.

These are two family recipes that I’ve been eating for as long as I can remember.  I made them recently for the first time in a while for a family picnic, so please forgive the pictures – it was a long day of preparation and quite honestly I didn’t even remember to take them until the next day after the salads had sat in the fridge overnight!  I put them together in the same recipe because…they’re basically the same.  One you cook potatoes, the other you cook macaroni – and then from there they are identical.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds potatoes -OR- 4 cups cooked elbow or seashell macaroni
  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • miracle whip
  • mayonnaise
  • sugar
  • onion powder
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions:

  • Wash potatoes and boil in skins until easily pierced with a fork; drain, cool, remove skins and dice -OR- cook macaroni according to package instructions; drain, rinse, and cool.
  • Peel eggs and chop.
  • Place potatoes or macaroni, eggs, and celery in a large bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon sugar, plus onion powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Toss lightly.
  • Add equal amounts of miracle whip and mayonnaise, a tablespoonful at a time until salad is moist enough.
  • Mix well.
  • Taste!  Add more seasonings as needed.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes:

  • Be generous with the dressings.  As you can see from the macaroni salad picture, they will dry out after sitting in the fridge for a few hours.  Usually it just needs a good stir, but if you really skimp on the mayo/miracle whip initially you may need to add more later.
  • These are more along the lines of “Amish Style” salads, as they tend to be a little sweet.
  • You can make a vegan version of either salad fairly easily…omit the eggs, and use vegan dressings.  I have a recipe for vegan mayo if you want to make your own (which I actually used in the pictures above!).  I’ve seen recipes for vegan miracle whip online but was running short on time…I found a brand called Nayonaise that was supposed to be a good vegan substitute for miracle whip (a little sweeter than mayo).  I made a little batch for my sister using it and she said it tasted ok – so worth a shot!
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