When I was in my twenty’s, we were so strapped financially when I first made this salad. I was determined to have a nice macaroni salad to accompany our bar-b-que’d hamburgers. I had only a few ingredients in my cupboard & refrigerator, so I put together this little salad. Through the years, I have added many different ingredients, but the family still prefers this basic recipe. ( I have added eggs, onions, peppers, ect). The dressing is a personal taste choice. I listed what I use, and adjust to the liking…. So feel free to find your happy salad place.
1 pound of Macaroni Salad Noodles, cooked and chilled in cold water.
2 Chicken Breasts, cooked, chopped up and cooled
Celery, finely chopped
Pepper to taste
Sweet Pickle Relish
SALAD. Cut and chop and Combine.
DRESSING: ok so i use basically start with a heaping scoop of mayonnaise, a splash of milk, a small squirt of mustard, a small amount of pickle relish and a circle of ranch. Combine in a separate bowl. Taste and adjust to your liking. Then gently toss into salad. Refrigerate. Make extra dressing as the salad tends to become dry. I usually use additional Milk, Mayonnaise and/or Ranch dressing just to moisten the salad a bit.
After the salad is moist and ready to be devoured, garnish around the edge of the bowl with paprika.
I’m a lazy eater and love to have salads like this handy in the fridge for lunches. Chicken is good, but I also use ham or tuna. I never think to add sweet pickle relish. Good idea!
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