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Perfect for Summer Macaroni Salad

I never realized how daunting planning dinner for every night of the week could be. Jon and I were hardly ever home for dinner together, so one of us would just cook whatever we felt like, but since work has been closed, we've generally been alternating cooking between us and his parents.
Since his mom has been gone for ten days and his dad doesn't cook, we've had to make all the meals lately. It was so hot last week that we decided we'd just do something light like a salad for dinner. Jon suggested a macaroni salad and I agreed since it sounded simple. I browsed Pinterest most of the next day while we were in the city picking up patio furniture, and found one that seemed simple enough. I had most of the ingredients, and figured we could just wing it.

Cold Pasta Salad Recipe:
1 8oz box pasta of choice
1 cup italian dressing
1 small red onion
green pepper
grape tomatoes
[any other veggies you'd like to add in]

Cook pasta until tender
While pasta is cooking chop your veggies into small bits. You can add how ever much of each you'd like. I used 1 small red onion, 1/2 green pepper, 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes
Drain pasta and add all veggies to it
Add 1 cup of Italian dressing and mix well
Allow to cool and serve

This recipe comes from here.

This isn't the recipe I used (I can't find the one I used) but the only differences were that you cooled the pasta before adding the veggies. Just run it under cold water until it's cooled and then add the veggies to it. Then you let it sit in the fridge for two hours before serving.

I added cucumbers, grape tomatoes, celery, and yellow onion. I made roughly 5 cups of the macaroni since we were using it as the base of our meal, and added some cooked chicken to it. The great thing about this salad is you can make it however you like, and how ever much of it you want. 

Hope you enjoy this recipe!
Have a great day!


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