Healthy fats and delicious Italian flavors fuse into Mediterranean Macaroni Salad for a delightfully healthy twist on an old American favorite! Enjoy!
I baked a double batch of Creamy Chocolate Chip Cookies at Kaytis house yesterday. Had to give her brand new oven a test drive. It works beautifully. She’s been dealing with an old clunker for years. Now she needs to get back to baking her scrumptious cupcakes for us:) Her new oven is so pretty and quiet. (Mine sounds like the boiler room of an old ship when it’s running) I may have oven envy…
Back at our house, the garden and greenhouse are going into prime harvest mode. Our greenhouse is delivering lovely tomatoes, herbs and peppers! YAY…except they always overwhelm me. So this year I’m trying out some new ways to use them up.
I made some “Sun Dried ” tomatoes in my food dehydrator last week. They were amazingly Fantastic! We were so happy to have a new way to use our lovely, fresh tomatoes! This recipe makes such a handy condiment for so many recipes!
We also froze a batch of fresh tomatoes whole, like my mom told me to do. I have always blanched them in the past. Messy, hot work. Her way is so simple. I didn’t know freezing tomatoes could be so easy to do and to use. Just grab what you need from the freezer and use them like whole canned tomatoes. Nice!
Mediterranean Macaroni Salad
We also eat a lot of tomatoes and peppers fresh in salads just like this one! This particular salad is a good one for a large group. Particularly, an outdoor event where it’s not really safe to use Mayonnaise, meats or eggs. Mediterranean Macaroni Salad will hold up fine on a potluck table for hours without sending people home with a tummy ache.
This salad is a great grill side or light lunch. The refreshing flavors delight the palate. The ingredients can be adjusted as you need. If you need Gluten free, just use gluten free noodles! I found this article about low carb noodle choices if you need those.
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This salad has NO added sugars and the fats come from healthy kalamata olives, the mozzarella cheese and pure high grade olive oil. The Sundried tomatoes add much of the flavor… but the real secret ingredient in this salad is the balsamic vinegar. It brightens and enhances the other ingredients immensely. Top it off with your favorite fresh herbs and salt and pepper for a brilliant Italian twist on Macaroni salad!
- Boil your noodles according to the package directions.
- Meanwhile, assemble and prepare your ingredients.
- Cool your noodles to room temperature by rinsing in cold water and draining them thoroughly.(or chill 30 minutes in the fridge)
- Pour the noodles into a large bowl and toss with olive oil.
- Add the chopped dried tomatoes and chopped pepper. Gently stir until thoroughly mixed.
- Add the cheese, fresh tomato and olives, and toss.
- Pour the vinegar over the salad.
- Add salt and pepper.
- Garnish with your herbs if desired.
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Mediterranean Macaroni Salad post was updated and reposted on April 26, 2017
This recipe post is published on The Daily Meal Slide Show and was featured on MSN.