L&L Macaroni Salad Recipe is a Macaroni salad with a Hawaiian style twist. Before we went further, it is best to know what macaroni salad is. This dish is pasta based (usually cooked elbow macaroni) salad that served cold and usually prepared with mayonnaise as its main ingredients. It is also completed with additional ingredients such as coleslaw, bacon, spam and many others.
Depending on the region, macaroni salad can be mixed with a lot of variety. For instance, in New Zealand, macaroni salad or also known as pasta salad have different kind of pasta. They use the shell pasta pieces. In the Philippines, macaroni salad has sweet flavor since they use sweet tasted ingredients, such as sweetened condensed milk, sweet pickle relish and even raisins. Meanwhile in Puerto Rico, macaroni salad may contain bits of Spam, canned tuna, and Cubanelle peppers.
Macaroni salad is very distinctive on each regions of the world because of the different taste buds. Although it is not a very popular dish in several countries, it is still a very tasty dish. Let’s discuss one of most popular styles of macaroni salad in U.S, which is L&L Macaroni Salad Recipe.
Ingredients (serves for 6 servings):
- ½ lb dry elbow macaroni
- ½ cup onion, diced
- 2 cup mayonnaises
- ¼ cup green onion, sliced
- ½ cup carrot, shredded
- 1 teaspoon salt/kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon white pepper
- Cook macaroni in a large pot of boiling water. Add a pinch of salt to the water.
- Drain the macaroni and rinse it with cold water. Put macaroni to refrigerator for 15-30 minutes until it cools down.
- Mix all of the macaroni and ingredients. Put the mixed salad in refrigerator for 2-3 hours before serving.
- Optional: you can garnish the salad with finely chopped parsley of celery. It is totally based on your taste and preference.
Well, L&L Macaroni Salad Recipe is a fantastic dish for a party or gathering. The recipe above is a copycat of L&L restaurant. Usually the pasta is overcooked in order for the pasta doesn’t absorb much of mayonnaise. If you don’t like overcooked pasta, you can make it to be more “al dente”. The most awesome thing you can do with macaroni salad is to mix it as you please. You can be creative by adding a bit of cream cheese or ranch instead of a whole 2 cups of mayonnaise. Changing pasta is also a wonderful way to make your macaroni salad different from the restaurant. Switch the elbow pasta with penne or fusilli. You can also chop some paprika or a chili for a more kicking sensation and it adds color in the dish.
Since macaroni salad is actually a side dish, most people usually pair this with BBQ meat. This dish is packed with carbs, so be careful if you are on a diet. When you cook L&L Macaroni Salad Recipe, it is better not to eat this dish with another carbohydrate like bread or potatoes.