Not My Mama’s Macaroni Salad…or is it?

Continuing the spring/summer salad series, I decided to make a pasta salad.

When I was a child, my mother was always making two kinds of pasta salad (back then she called them macaroni salad). One had canned peas (yes, gag), celery (more gag), a little green onion and used elbow macaroni. The dressing was miracle whip based and I avoided this mixture like the plague. But, she made another one with shell macaroni that involved fresh diced tomatoes, sliced manzanilla olives, a little red onion and the dressing was mayo based. I loved this one.

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what’s not to love about tomatoes and green olives?

Unfortunately I neglected to get the recipe from her before she passed, and while I have made similar salads, I have never been able to recreate her exact recipe. Finally I decided to just make my own creation and this is the result.

Ingredients

2 cups of dry israeli cous cous (also called pearl cous cous)

3 roma tomatoes, finely diced

1/2 cup of manzanilla olives, sliced

1 tbl roasted red pepper strips, finely diced

1/4 cup of red onion, finely diced

Dressing Ingredients

1/3 cup of mayonnaise, (I used Hellman’s)

1 tbl swedish mustard (I am seriously in love with this stuff)

1 tbl rice wine vinegar

1/2 tbl honey

salt & pepper to taste

Directions

Cook couscous according to package directions.

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dry couscous

Rinse with cold water (to cool) and drain well.

Whisk together the dressing ingredients until blended.

Add vegetables to pasta and mix well.

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sans dressing

Add dressing and stir until incorporated.

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fini

Chill for 1-2 hours before serving.

Somehow, despite not having her original recipe, I managed to make this taste almost EXACTLY like hers. I think I was channeling her when I made my choices for the dressing, heh.

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