Deli-Style Macaroni Salad

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For me, deli style macaroni salad just screams “HELLO SUMMER!”

Deli Style Macaroni Salad | Delish D'Lites

  It’s hard not to imagine summer barbecues and lounging by the pool when I’m making (and eating) this delish mac salad.   I’m partial to a sweet, tangy, creamy, deli style macaroni salads, and this one definitely hits the spot! It’s perfect to take on your next picnic, serve at a BBQ or enjoy on a hot summer’s night.

ingredients3/4 pounds of dry macaroni pasta
1 cup lowfat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
2 tablespoons agave nectar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup grated carrot
2 tablespoons chopped sweet gherkins or pickle relish

directions

Cook the macaroni as per the directions on the box, in salty water.  Drain and rinse the macaroni until it’s cooled.  Place the macaroni in a bowl, then cover and refrigerate it for 2-3 hours, until it’s nice and cold.

Deli-Style Macaroni Salad | Delish D'Lites

While the macaroni cools, mix up the dressing by combining the mayo, mustard, vinegar, agave, and salt and pepper to taste.  Refrigerate the dressing, until you’re ready to serve.

Deli-Style Macaroni Salad | Delish D'Lites

Deli-Style Macaroni Salad | Delish D'Lites

When you’re ready to serve, combine the macaroni with the sauce, and then add in the grated carrots and chopped pickles.

Deli-Style Macaroni Salad | Delish D'Lites

Combine, then serve immediately.

Deli-Style Macaroni Salad | Delish D'Lites

Deli-Style Macaroni Salad

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author Delish D'Lites

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb dry macaroni pasta
  • 1 cup lowfat mayo
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sweet pickles or pickle relish
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the macaroni as per the directions on the box, in heavily salted water. Drain and rinse the macaroni until it's cooled. Place the macaroni in a bowl, and refrigerate for 2-3 hours, until it's very cold.
  2. While the macaroni cools, mix up the dressing by combining the mayo, mustard, vinegar, agave, and salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate the dressing, until you're ready to serve.
  3. When you're ready to serve, combine the macaroni with the sauce, and then add in the grated carrots and chopped pickles. Combine, then serve immediately.

Deli-Style Macaroni Salad | Delish D'Lites

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I’m a Puerto Rican girl living in paradise (Florida), and the creative mind behind Delish D’Lites. I love sharing my family recipes and travel inspired cuisine! My favorite things include collecting passport stamps, twerking to Latin music, and kissing puppies. Follow along on social.