Recipe: Gluten Free Macaroni Salad
Macaroni salad is sort of like green bean casserole—relegated to a certain season, but equally delicious all year round. My husband Ed and I had our parents over to eat last night, and the theme we chose was Summertime Cookout. Winter has its bleak spots, and a reminder of the warmth to come sounded like the perfect late-February anecdote.
I tried to incorporate healthy elements—like light mayo, rice pasta, protein-rich black-eyed peas and colorful veggies—into this notoriously fatty side dish. The result was just what I was hoping for: a creamy yet tangy pasta with just the right amount of crunch.
16 oz. gluten free pasta I recommend Tinkyada Brown Rice Elbow Pasta)
1/2 c. sour cream
1 c. light mayo
2 T. salsa verde
1 T. red wine vinegar
1 T. rice vinegar
3 t. sugar
2 t. dijon mustard
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. onion powder
1 T. finely chopped cilantro
1 - 15.8 oz. can black-eyed peas
1 t. Frank’s RedHot Sauce
1 T. mild pepper rings, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
2-3 celery ribs, diced
Salt & pepper
1) Cook the pasta according to package directions. Dump into a colander and rinse well with cold water.
2) Combine the sour cream, mayo, salsa verde, vinegars, sugar, dijon mustard, garlic powder, onion powder and hot sauce in a bowl. Season well with salt and pepper and mix well.
3) Dice the veggies, including the cilantro and black-eyed peas, and add to a large bowl with the pasta. Use a spatula to scrape the dressing into the bowl. Toss well to combine. Chill and serve.