If you're a fan of classic macaroni salad, get ready to be charmed by this mouth-melting twist on a beloved summer staple. Introducing the Amish macaroni salad recipe - a dish that's bursting with flavors and textures that are sure to leave your taste buds dancing.
This recipe takes the traditional macaroni salad to the next level by blending the simple, just-right touches of an age-old Amish recipe. The result is a creamy and tangy salad that's perfect for any occasion, whether you're hosting a summer BBQ or simply looking for a hearty side dish for your next meal. So, get ready to take a delicious journey with us as we explore the Amish macaroni salad recipe and all of its tasty secrets.
📜 My Amish Mac Salad History
I worked with Kroger back in the early 2000s to create an Amish-style mac salad. We produced several prototypes: potato salad, mac, slaw, but their mac salad creation was my favorite. They used this recipe and I love this classic Amish macaroni salad because it offers a bit of everything flavorwise: tang, crunch, sweetness. It's perfect (in my opinion).
The salads were made by a Kroger-owned commissary and Kroger even paid for the packaging, a sleek Amish Cook lid with the salads to be sold in small plastic tubs. The salads would be made at their commissary in Greensburg, Indiana and Amish Cook salads would soon be sold in Kroger stores all over the Midwest.
But it was not to be....and, you know, looking back at it I'm still not sure what happened. I mean, Kroger spent what had to be a fair amount of money on the packaging, their commissary tested the recipes and did a dynamite job with the recipes. The problem with projects like that that are being done by such a large organization is that you (in this case me) gradually lose control and depend on other people to finish the job and it just didn't happen. If memory serves me right, it just bogged down in a bunch of bureaucratic intertia and just ultimately got shelved.
In retrospect, I wish I had done more to ensure that the people did what they were supposed to do to get the product to market. But I was still very young at that time, probably in my late 20s, and I just don't think I knew how to work with a sprawling company like Kroger. Maybe if the project were repeated today, we'd get somewhere...hmmmmm...tempting to make a call or two.....Anyway, Kroger did a great job at making the salads.
🥗 What is "Amish Macaroni Salad?"
A lot of stores sell Amish macaroni salad. The Amish macaroni salad sold at Walmart is popular.
Amish macaroni salad is a classic American side dish that is often served at picnics, potlucks, and other gatherings. It is made with cooked macaroni, hard-boiled eggs, vegetables, and a creamy dressing. This particular recipe calls for "salad dressing" which would be mayo or Miracle Whip. I would use Miracle Whip because the salad is supposed to be a sweeter version, but if you want to temper the sweet a bit, use mayo. Amish macaroni salad is a versatile dish that can be customized to your own taste. You can add or omit ingredients as you like.
🥣 What Foods Pair Well With Amish Macaroni Salad?
My answer: everything!
Seriously, it is a super side dish that you can't go wrong with. Since this salad is a little sweeter, savory stuff is a good balance. But here are some suggestions:
- Grilled chicken or burgers
- Hot dogs
- Pulled pork
- Ham sandwiches
Amish macaroni salad is also a great dish to bring to a potluck or picnic. It is easy to make and transport, and it is sure to please a crowd.
Here are some additional tips for pairing Amish macaroni salad with other foods:
- Consider the flavors of the other foods you are serving. Amish macaroni salad is a creamy dish with a slightly sweet flavor. Pair it with foods that have complementary flavors, such as grilled chicken or burgers.
- Think about the texture of the other foods you are serving. Amish macaroni salad is a soft and creamy dish. Pair it with foods that have different textures, such as crunchy vegetables or a crispy salad.
- Consider the occasion. If you are serving Amish macaroni salad at a formal event, you may want to pair it with more elegant foods, such as grilled salmon or roasted chicken. If you are serving it at a casual event, you can pair it with more casual foods, such as hot dogs or hamburgers.
🙋 FAQ Amish Macaroni Salad
Yes! Of course, then you have to call it Amish Rotini Salad or Amish Penne Salad, but it will work just fine. Spaghetti might be a little messy and harder to coat with the dressing.
Yes, powdered substitutes like Splenda can be swapped for the sugar. Another option is to just cut back the amount of sugar in the recipe for a less sweet salad.
It is often served at picnics and potlucks, or barn-raisings. A great for summer lunches!
🖨️ Full Recipe
Amish Macaroni Salad
- 1 ½ cups uncooked macaroni
- 3 hard-boiled eggs
- ½ cup chopped celery
- ¼ cup chopped onion
- 1 /4 cup salad dressing
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 /4 cup white vinegar
- ¼ cup sugar
- Cook and drain macaroni.
- Add eggs, celery, and onion.
- Mix salad dressing, mustard, vinegar, and sugar thoroughly, then add to macaroni mixture. Chill and serve.
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What type salad dressing is used for this recipe?
Miracle Whip if you want a sweeter salad, mayo if you want a less sweet salad!
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