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Dad’s Summer Macaroni Salad

August 8, 2017

Summer is a perfect time to enjoy cold pasta salads. This is a quick and easy pasta dish to bring to cook outs, potlucks, anything really. I got this recipe from my dad, who by the way, is an amazing cook. We have this several times throughout the spring & summer season because it’s easy, fresh and delicious. You can easily just go out to the garden and gather up the ingredients. If you don’t have a garden, it’s a quick trip to the store.

What you’ll need:

1 box of pasta (16oz)

1 cup mayo

2 large cucumbers

15-20 cherry or grape tomatoes, or 2 medium tomatoes

Herbs: basil, rosemary, cilantro, dill

salt & pepper to taste


How to pull it all together:

As I said, this is a really easy recipe. I first cook the pasta to an al dente texture. As the pasta cooks I cut up the veggies and herbs. I usually cut the chunks of cucumber pretty large. For the tomatoes – if using small tomatoes I usually leave as is or halve them. For regular tomatoes, just chop them up into chunks. Finely chop the herbs. I usually blend them all together while chopping to create a mix.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain and put in large serving bowl. Next stir in the mayo. I’m not a huge fan of mayo, so I like to just have a nice thin coating and not a bowl of pasta bathing in mayo. But if you’re someone who loves mayo, feel free to add more.

Now it’s time to blend in the herbs. Sprinkle them in, mix it up, sprinkle more– you want an even consistency. Next toss in the veggies. Stir it all up so everything is coated with the mayo and seasonings. I usually don’t add salt and pepper to the salad, and let everyone add it themselves to their own liking.

Chill for at least an hour. Then serve!



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  • Reply Amanda August 9, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Haven’t had a Mac Sal all summer! Love the use of fresh herbs in this!

  • Reply Jillian August 10, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    This looks so fresh and yummy!

  • Reply Ana August 10, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Yummy! This reminds me of my mom’s pasta salad, except she doesn’t use cucumbers and adds olives. Pinning for later, I’m always up for simple, easy recipes! Thanks for sharing <3

  • Reply Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome August 10, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I am all about easy flavorful recipes like this. So perfect for August. We are grilling this weekend – I’m excited to add it to the menu:)

  • Reply Amy | Lovingourmessy August 10, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Pasta salad is my weakness! I can’t wait to try this one.

  • Reply Wui Kathy September 2, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Delicious! Looks nice and healthy pasta salad!going to try out too!

  • Reply Patty September 8, 2017 at 7:56 am

    I love how it’s loaded with herbs. Can never use too much!

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