Catalina Macaroni Salad


It is hard to see in this picture but this macaroni salad is a light pinky/orange color. I remember this salad from long ago at church picnics but had forgotten all about it. What makes it pink/orange? The Catalina dressing. It sounds strange but give it a try. It is a different flavor than you are probably used to. Sometimes trying something new is a good thing!

Verdict: My family was split on this. My son and I really liked it but my daughter and wife were okay with it. It has a bit of a sweeter taste which they were not expecting. This is a great change from ordinary macaroni salad for a picnic or barbecue.

I serve this with hot dogs, brown beans, and chips for a nice picnic dinner.

Catalina Macaroni Salad

  • Servings: 6-8 large
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces dried macaroni
  • 1/3 cup Catalina dressing
  • 3/4 – 1 cup mayonnaise, not low fat
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more as needed
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 4 large hard-boiled eggs, chopped

Directions:

  1. Bring a pot of generously salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and rinse under cool running water. Drain again, then transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Add the Catalina dressing right away, stirring to coat evenly all the macaroni.
  3. Mix together the mayonnaise, salt, pepper, vinegar and sugar in a small bowl. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the mixture to the pasta and stir to incorporate, then add the chopped pepper and hard-cooked egg, stirring so they are evenly distributed. Taste, and season to your taste.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Macaroni!!! The shear mention of the word is enough to make me clap my hands. 👏👏👏

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Love the carbs! You post healthy smoothies I post carbs!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Me too, love macaroni in any way, hot or cold! Love the idea of using Catalina dressing, and the resulting pinkness. Will try soon!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I love the sweetness and tang it adds. Hope you like it.

      Like

  3. Erika says:

    Pasta salad always makes a great picnic side dish. I like your recipe!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Erika says:

        You are welcome 😊

        Like

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

      Like

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