Total Time: 20 Minutes
Recipe Yields: 4
Nothing says picnic quite like homemade macaroni salad. This is my version of Amish style macaroni salad. I have shared this recipe before. Several years ago and the video is old, poor quality and very, very long. Unnecessarily long. So I decided it was time for an upgrade. This salad is a favorite of a lot of my long time viewers and I know if you are new to my channel, you are going to love it as well. So lets make some Amish macaroni salad that will be perfect for your Easter weekend picnic, potluck or gathering!
Over the years I have gotten a lot of questions regarding what makes this recipe or any recipe that I call “Amish style” Amish. In the case of this macaroni salad the answer is simple. The tangy, sweet and sour dressing that is mixed in is very indicative of the cuisine of the Amish. They are primarily of German descent and the traditions of their linage come through in a lot of their cooking. My maternal grandmother “Nanny” was pure German and she made a lot of sweet and sour things. The tangy creamy dressing in this salad is one you will find a lot in Amish salads of the same nature. That’s my answer and I am stickin’ to it!
This macaroni salad brings together simple elbow macaroni with a creamy, mayonnaise based dressing that has sugar, cider vinegar and spices added to it. The addition of lots of crunchy sweet veggies is also a great change from other plain salads. Red and green bell pepper, sweet onion and celery add crunch flavor and bite to this salad. We add spices in to boost the flavor even further. Don’t forget the celery seed!
I always add chopped, hard cooked eggs to my salad and you can choose to add more or leave them out if you don’t like them. You can add to or take away from this salad as you like. It is very flexible. However the dressing is what makes this Amish so I would not recommend fiddling with that too much.
The prep here is simple. Chop, dice, boil, rinse whisk, mix the food together. I like to allow the salad to rest in the fridge for at least a couple of hours before serving to meld the flavors to tasty perfection. It is awesome the next day so if you are preparing this for an event make it the day before. Then you can adjust the dressing if you feel like you need to add a bit more after it has been absorbed by the macaroni.
I know that you will love the crunch of this salad! The vegetables remain crunchy even after sitting for a while. Even if this salad is not the picture of healthy, I think it still qualifies with all the great vegetables! I think that this will be a hit no matter where you share it! If you are one of my tried and true kitchen friends, and love this salad, please be sure to leave me a comment and let me know how you like this!
I hope you give this delicious Amish style macaroni salad a try some time soon and I hope you love it!
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