In our house we cook about 25 percent my MIL’s recipes, 25 percent my mom’s recipes and 50 percent recipes we have found or crazy things my husband came up with. This particular recipes comes from my MIL, I don’t make it very often, but around the 4th of July, my husband always starts craving this tasty salad.
2 cups shells, cooked according to directions
1 cup cheese, cut into cubes (You can use what you wish here, the original recipe calls for cheddar, but my husband usually prefers Colby Jack.)
3/4 c. chopped celery
1/2 c. chopped olives
1 6-oz can shrimp (sometimes we make it with the small non-canned cooked shrimp instead, the perfect way to make it if you really love shrimp, like my husband.)
1-1.5 cups of miracle whip
1 T. sugar
1 T. vinegar
Mix the sauce together (miracle whip, sugar, vinegar). Pour over macaroni and then add remaining ingredients. Mix. Refrigerate a couple of hours or until ready to serve.
(Note: This salad really needs to be made with Miracle Whip. Trust me. I HATE Miracle Whip and I have tried to make this salad with mayo. Doesn’t come out as well, and that is coming from a Mayo lover and a Miracle Whip hater. I usually have to go out and buy Miracle Whip especially for this salad because I make a point of keep it far away from me, except in this salad of course.)
This sounds great except for the shrimp. And olives. Really, this just makes me crave REAL macaroni salad. With pickles. Always pickles. 🙂
Okay, THANK YOU for the the sauce recipe. I have to ask my mom every time I make this, and I get the standard, "oh I don't know. Just whatever you want to use, and however much to make it taste good."—gah…I'm awful at that kind of thing! BTW – made Lisa's Lemon Bars again last night and finally realized it was the same recipe as my Mom's. I wonder if they picked it up from Grandma.