Chopped ham, chicken, turkey, tuna, crumbled bacon, bay shrimp, cheese, capers, pine nuts, pickles, sweet relish, cherry tomatoes, parsley, garlic powder, celery seeds, or other items can be added by themselves or in combination creating an endless number of "different" salads from the basic recipe. I like it "the way my Mom made it", but you might enjoy experimenting.
Cook macaroni per package instructions until it is al dente, approximately 9 minutes. Do not overcook. Rinse in cold water at once. Set aside and let drain well but not dry out.
Meanwhile coarsely chop celery and olives and finely slice green onions. (prepare any other solid ingreidentrs you wish to add.) Place in a large bowl and mix together. Add salt and pepper (plus other dry ingredients if used) to mayonnaise and mix thoroughly. Add up to an additional one half cup of mayonnaise if needed. Fold into macaroni mixture. Refrigerate two hours or, even better, over night to allow flavors to blend.
I do not recommend this, but if you "must" serve the salad at once, immerse the macaroni in ice water when cooked. This will speed up the "chilling" process. It will not taste as good for the flavors do not have time to get to know each other, but when you run out of time....
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (176g)|
|Recipe Makes: 10|
|Calories from Fat: 251 (51%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 27.9g||37 %|
|Saturated Fat 4.1g||20 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 9.1g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 13.3g|
|Cholesterol 18.3mg||6 %|
|Sodium 805.2mg||28 %|
|Potassium 193.8mg||5 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 55.2g||16 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3.4g||14 %|
|Sugars, other 51.8g|
|Protein 7.4g||11 %|
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Calories per serving: 492
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