Knockoff Take-Out Pasta Salad
Lately I find myself drawing inspiration from fast food restaurant menus. I mean there’s a reason they’re so famous, they’re delicious! Enter macaroni salad, at first I was thinking to lighten up one place, think chicken. However, when I tasted it I was instantly overcome with how much it tasted like everyone’s favourite burger sauce, think Golden Arches. Mike absolutely devoured it, that’s how I know this recipe is a keeper 😍
3 Cups small shaped pasta (uncooked) – I used shells
½ Cup miracle whip (or light mayonnaise)
½ Cup fat free sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp yellow prepared mustard
1 tsp white sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 Large stalk celery, diced
1 Medium pickle (whatever you have on hand)
½ small onion, grated
½ Small carrot, grated
Bring a large, salted pot of water to boil and cook the pasta according to package directions, set aside to cool but DON’T run it under cold water.
Whisk together the miracle whip/mayo, sour cream/yogurt, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper.
Fold in the celery, pickle (including all the juices), onion and carrot; mix well.
Add in the pasta, again mix well (it’s okay if it’s still hot).
Cover and cool in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
Taste and adjust seasoning before serving, after the salad has rested.