A couple of weeks ago I noticed this salad on the Williams Sonoma blog and I immediately thought of her. It looked different and delicious, a different twist on the old favorite she was so fond of. Why not surprise her.
As I reread the recipe I felt something was not quite right. The measurements in the dressing and the rest of the ingredients seemed very skimpy for the amount of pasta involved. There was no way that 2/3 cup of dressing was going to cover three cups of uncooked macaroni. Not being one to change a recipe until after I have tried it, I went ahead with it and, sure enough, I was right, it was blah. I am not one to like salads overdressed, particularly pasta salads, but the results here were not the same as those pictured in the recipe. Another thing that had appealed to me was what looked to be a fairly even distribution between pasta and "crunch" and again, it was not there.
After tasting the final product and playing around with it at the end, I have changed quantities a bit and added a thing or two, including 1 teaspoon of sweet pickle relish at the end. You be the judge but do try it, the flavor is simply delicious. The olives and pickles are a stroke of genius. It would be a standout at any outdoor event, including next weekend's Father's day. One thing you can do is cook the three cups of pasta and reserve one to mix at the end in case you feel it needs it.
|A great pairing with pulled pork sandwiches!|
Make the salad at least a day ahead to help the flavors meld. It keeps well for a few days in the refrigerator and improves with time.
As a further endorsement, we have now found a macaroni salad we both enjoy and the recipe has gone into the keepers file. We were still eating it four days after Labor Day!