Noodle Salad for a Potluck
This noodle salad recipe is great for bringing to any occasion when you need to bring a dish to pass. I rarely take any home and always have people asking for the leftovers.
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Any recipe that is used often is a keeper and this is in the pack. The hardest part is cooking the noodles. Dicing the veggies and other ingredients can be done while the pasta is cooking.
Quick and Easy Salad Prep.
While you are boiling the pasta, you can save time in this recipe by thawing the frozen peas, dicing the onion, cheese, and any other ingredient you choose to add. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it in a colander and rinse to cool quickly. This process of rinsing also removes excess starch on the pasta, which helps the noodles not stick together. This is my favorite colander as it has lots of holes in it, which allows the water to drain quickly and thoroughly.
Variations to the Side Dish
It is a very versatile recipe. You could add ham and diced cheese with the onion and celery for another unique taste. This is the way that my husband likes it. While I used elbow macaroni today, you can use a wide variety of noodles in this dish.
Noodle Salad for a Potluck
- 1 box elbow macaroni cooked
- 3-4 mini sweet peppers diced
- 1/2 medium yellow onion diced
- 2 ribs celery diced
- 8 oz colby/jack cheese diced
- 8 oz sweet peas I normally take frozen peas and break apart and add them
Ultimate Creamy Salad Dressing
- 2 cups Miracle Whip dressing
- 3/4 Cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 Cup milk
- 1 tsp lemon
- Cook the macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse and set aside. This is the only cook time needed in this recipe.
- In a bowl add the celery, onion, sweet peppers, sweet peas, and cheese. Add the macaroni to the bowl.
- Pour the sauce on top and mix.
- You can eat right away, but it gets even better after a few hours as the flavors will be enhanced. Enjoy!
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You can find Victoria crocheting, quilting, and creating recipes. She has cooked in restaurants for over 20 years, including many larger parties. She learned to crochet when she was just 11 years old and has been crocheting ever since; over 50 years now. Over 40 years ago, she loved her first class in sewing and continues to hone her skills in quilting. Many have enjoyed the handmade gifts over the years. In her professional career, she has worked in management in a wide variety of businesses including higher education as a dean of a division. All the while attending college part-time to achieve her doctorate in higher education with an emphasis in e-learning.