Ken’s Basic Macaroni Salad Recipe

Ken’s Basic Macaroni Salad Recipe

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Here’s a simple recipe you can whip up for your next barbeque, picnic or dinner party. I don’t think I make an easier dish that is requested more often. It will set you back a whole 15 minutes; you can enhance it with virtually anything you have in your pantry, and make plenty. It goes fast!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. of elbow macaroni or any fun shape you enjoy
  • 5 or 6 stalks of fresh green onions
  • 4 or 5 tbsp of mayonnaise
  • 1 or 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt and ground pepper
  • The Secret Ingredient (in this case, Tabasco sauce)

Method:

  • Boil the macaroni in your largest pot
  • Drain and rinse under cold water
  • Chop the scallions finely
  • In a large bowl mix the macaroni, mayo, mustard, scallions and plenty of salt & pepper
  • Add 4 or 5 shakes of Tabasco sauce and stir in thoroughly (tell no one!)
  • Serve immediately or chill overnight
  • It is good for several days, but will not last nearly that long
Ken Carlton
Ken Carlton is an author and screenwriter. He is currently working on the screenplay for his latest novel, FOOD FOR MARRIAGE. He co-authored the award-winning memoir, THE HUNGER, the story behind Greenwich Village’s celebrity hotspot, The Waverly Inn. Ken wrote the "His Point of View" column for Cosmopolitan and appeared as a “dating expert” on Oprah. His television credits include shows on ABC, CBS, HBO and PBS. A New Yorker and Parisian at heart, he has written for President Jacques Chirac and scripted conferences in Paris for CNN and Fortune magazine. Never far from his passion for food, he is producing a documentary on the fishing industry in New England. Ken and his wife, a professor, split their time between Brooklyn, NY and Chicago.

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