3 Easy macaroni salad recipes

Now that the worst of Winter is behind us, we can exchange warm, heavy meals for quick, light ones! We figured that one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get your protein, carbohydrates and vegetables into one meal is to combine ingredients into a macaroni salad.

Macaroni salad is one of the simplest and most versatile recipes. You can use it as a cheap and quick-to-make dinner during the week or as a side dish at a braai.

There are many ways to customise macaroni salads. Try out these three easy macaroni recipes!

Classic macaroni salad

Ingredients

  • 250g uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • ½ onion, finely sliced
  • 1 stick celery, thinly sliced
  • ½ green or red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 ½  tablespoons yellow mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Chicken macaroni salad

Ingredients

  • 250g uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups of cooked chicken, shredded
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 stick celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Tuna macaroni salad

Ingredients

  • 250g uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 2 tins of tuna, drained
  • 1 cup peas, defrosted
  • ½ cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions for all three salads

  1. Cook macaroni as per instructions on the packet. Allow to cool.
  2. Place macaroni in a large bowl and mix in all the remaining ingredients.
  3. Refrigerate for one to two hours before serving.

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