Summer Comfort Food Macaroni Salad

One of my favorite salads for summer is the classic Macaroni Salad. The versions of this cold, comforting salad are as numerous as the elbow macaroni noodles I love to pile on my plate. Here is sampling of the delicious recipes to choose from. There’s something for everyone, including one with a little kick added. Click on the photos or links to see the recipes.

Classic Macaroni Salad

This is the go-to salad for any picnic, family gathering or lunch staple. Another great thing about Macaroni Salad is that it will keep for several days in the refrigerator.

Comfort Food Macaroni Salad

Spicy Macaroni Salad

A touch of dijon mustard and cayenne pepper kick this recipe up a notch.

Spicy Macaroni Salad

Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad

Joanna from A Pretty Life has a cheesy version that is delicious. You can serve this with any barbeque meat, but my favorite is grilled pork chops.

And of course, I LOVE the bowl! A perfect vintage piece to pick up at your local mall. It is a Pyrex Amish Butterprint that was popular in the 1950’s.

Vegetable Pesto Pasta Salad

My friend, Jenna over at The Painted Apron has a healthy, vegetable-filled version of pasta salad that you can make right out of your garden.

Summer Veggie Pasta Salad

Whether you are grilling for two or twenty, one of these recipes will surely be a hit at your next picnic. Serve macaroni salad with simple grilled sausages and burgers, short ribs or what 007 calls a “London Broil.” Surprisingly, it’s not a cut of steak in his vocabulary and it doesn’t come from London as far as we know. It is his method of grilling a smorgasbord of meats, poultry and/or seafood.

He begins with several of our favorite marinades or dry rubs and marinates the assortment for several hours or overnight before grilling. As empty-nesters, we love grilling several cuts at one time to have throughout the week. To add a bit of fun, 007 and I will talk in a British accent while we cook. So in the spirit of our London Broil…

Pip pip, Cheerio!

 

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Watermelon Salad

There are so many watermelons harvested that our local farmer’s market has them marked down as low as 99 cents. With this great price, I bought two seedless, brought the beauties home and began deliberating how I would serve them to Mr. Cozi over the next few days without “watering” down our tastebuds. Surprisingly, a trip to our local favorite, The Happy Olive, gave us a great option.

The Happy Olive

 

They offer oils, vinegars, pickles, and too many other things to mention here in a simple post. But, it was here that I found the perfect recipe for my bargain watermelons.

Happy Olive Watermelon Salad

We had this last night with grilled T-bones, stuffed mushrooms and grilled corn on the cob. DELISH!

There were no seed spitting contests and the juice was confined to our salad bowls instead of dribbling down our arms. I think this one is a keeper!