Where we live, Amish Macaroni Salad is pretty popular. I had never been a big fan of macaroni salads, and when I was dating my husband, he raved about it...but I was skeptical. I mean, the man loves sweet bologna too! (No offense meant if you do, but keep it *far* away from me, please!) To be honest, before I started dating him, I had never even heard of Amish Macaroni Salad. Once we were married, I decided to be a good wife and attempt to make it for him. We were living in Virginia at the time, and we were a little bit homesick.
I found a basic recipe, and went from there. I was absolutely floored at how delicious it was! I guess it's true, you shouldn't knock it 'til you've tried it. I was hooked, and now I happily make my own Amish Macaroni Salad whenever we have barbecues or family gatherings. It always reminds me of home. I like to experiment with recipes though...as I'm eating them I'll think "You know, this would be so good with this or maybe a little of that," and when the mood strikes, I try it that way. One variation I've tried reminds me of Lay's regional flavor, Garden Tomato & Basil. As soon as I saw those bad boys on the shelf at the store, I knew I had to try them, and they are YUMMY.
These chips were inspired by popular American regional cuisine and include:
- Northeastern U.S. - Lay's Honey Mustard
- Midwestern U.S. - Lay's Creamy Garden Ranch
- Northwestern U.S. - Lay's Balsamic Sweet Onion
- Southwestern U.S. - Lay's Chipotle Ranch
- Southeastern U.S. - Lay's Cajun Herb & Spice
- Lay's Garden Tomato & Basil
- Lay's Tangy Carolina BBQ
When Frito-Lay invited me to participate in the Tastes from Home with Frito-Lay recipe contest, I knew this variation on Amish Macaroni Salad would have to be my entry. I never really thought of an official name for it though, it's almost like a Caprese Amish Macaroni Salad? Or just Tomato-Basil-Mozzarella Amish Macaroni Salad? What would you call it?
|A few of the ingredients set out and ready to go.|
Bring a pot of water to a boil. I add just a dash of salt to the pot.
Add macaroni, cook for 8-10 minutes or until tender.
In a large bowl, mix eggs, celery, red pepper, tomatoes, mozzarella and relish.
In a smaller bowl, mix the salad dressing or mayo, mustard, white sugar, vinegar, salt, and celery seed. (I have tried to consolidate steps, and mix everything up in one bowl before, but it really does work better this way.)
Pour this mixture over the vegetable mixture, and then stir in the macaroni. Add chopped basil to taste.
Enjoy! I like to eat a small serving while it's still warm from the macaroni.
I made this tonight, with some sweet onion burgers (which I suppose I could have shared as these remind me of the Balsamic Sweet Onion flavor!), seasoned fries, and green beans.
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