Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad Recipe


If you invite my dad to a picnic, barbecue, housewarming, or block party this time of year, odds are good he'll show up with a macaroni salad. He'll wheel it around in a cooler and when the time is right, he'll flip the top and pull a cornflower blue bowl from the ice. The bowl is what I notice first, ceramic with a flower detail on the inside rim, it's part of a set of three my grandma left when she died a few years back. This one is medium-sized, and makes its appearance with plastic wrap across the top, secured with a rubber band. I love those bowls, and I'm extra careful when I wash them.

Macaroni Salad Recipe

I've had my dad's macaroni salad twice in the last ten days, and instead of sharing his version, which is the classic take on it - I was inspired to take a stab at my own version. I ended up making a sauce from lots of sauteed green onions (scallions). Pureed with a bit of pasta water they're creamy without the cream or mayo. Beyond that, I added diced apple, lots of black pepper, arugula, and lemon juice as well. And I stopped there. But I suspect any number of other additions would be good - Marcona almonds, dried apricots in place of the apple, and if you can't be convinced macaroni salad is worth eating without mayo in the mix, a dollop would do the job. An alternative to the mayo would be a bit of salted plain yogurt, or creme fraiche. It works great on day-old macaroni salad, when you need to moisten things up a bit.

The last thing I'll add here is this. You really need to taste and adjust as you toss this salad. I've shared general amounts, but keep adding pepper, or lemon juice, or salt until the flavors really pop off the pasta. It'll happen. Under-season and you end up with a flat-tasting salad. :/

 
 
 
 

Macaroni Salad

I use whole wheat elbow macaroni here, and it works beautifully if you can find it. Leftovers are great for a couple days, but the pasta continues to absorb the sauce, so you might want to moisten things up with a bit of mayo at this point, or creme fraiche, or some salted plain yogurt.

1 pound elbow macaroni

1/4 cup / 60 ml extra virgin olive oil
4 cups thinly sliced green onions {~3-4 bunches}
3 medium cloves garlic, chopped
fine grain sea salt
lots of freshly ground black pepper
zest and juice of one lemon
1/3 cup / 2 oz grated Parmesan

4 big handfuls arugula
1 large apple, diced

Cook the macaroni in a large pot of well-salted water per package instructions. Set aside at least 1/2 cup / 120ml pasta water. Then drain pasta and set aside.

In the meantime, heat the olive oil in a large skillet until hot. Add most of the green onions, all of the garlic, and a pinch of salt. Cook until the onions soften, and the garlic begins to take on some color, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for a couple minutes.

Use a hand blender or food processor to puree the green onion mixture along with 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, zest of the lemon, half the lemon juice, and the reserved pasta water. Puree and taste. The green onion flavor should be assertive. Stir in the Parmesan.

Combine the macaroni with the green onion sauce in a large bowl. Toss well. Add the arugula and most of the apple and toss again. Taste, and add more pepper, salt, or lemon juice if needed. Serve topped with the remaining apple and green onion.

Makes enough for a crowd or potluck.

Prep time: 10 min - Cook time: 10 min

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Katrina
June 28, 2011

I love how simple this is! Great recipe.

 

Maria @ Scandifoodie
June 28, 2011

What a beautifully updated version of a classic macaroni salad! I love the combination of flavours you have going here - good quality ingredients tossed together make the best meals ;-)

 

Hannah
June 28, 2011

oh, this looks wonderful! I've never been a fan of macaroni salad because I don't like mayo, but I definitely must try this!

 

Janae
June 28, 2011

Here I was just looking for a macaroni salad recipe for this weekend, and this popped up; thanks! Looks so refreshing, and such a great spin on the original. The chopped apple in it sounds wonderful...

 

Aubrey
June 28, 2011

This sounds awesome. Making it tomorrow. Thanks so much for all your lovely and inspiring recipes!

 

Gloria
June 28, 2011

That salad looks delicious! The first sentence of your post reminded me of that children's story that goes: "If you give a mouse a cookie, chances are he will ask you for a glass of milk..."


Although, I would much prefer a bite of your macaroni salad over a cookie!

 

That looks delicious! I have been thinking about pasta with broccoli and garlic lately. I'm definitely going to make a variation of this soon. Yum! :)

 

Val
June 29, 2011

A wonderful take on the old mayo-doused classic.

This recipe comes at the perfect time for me as I find myself craving mayo-free salads this summer. I particularly like the idea of sauteeing the onions and using some pasta water as an alternative to the mayo.

 

Kathryn
June 29, 2011

I love the fact that this recipe doesn't have mayo in - it sounds so much nicer and fresher for it.

 

Lena
June 29, 2011

I'm always looking for great pasta salads. I like the idea to make a dressing out of the shallots, sounds great. I'm thinking about making this and adding garbanzo beans for some protein, and because I love their crunch.

 

Joy
June 29, 2011

A good fresh take on things. This looks so yummy!

 

katie
June 29, 2011

Yum!

 

KateP
June 29, 2011

Agreed - love the idea of using pureed spring onion as the sauce & it seems as though they puree quite smoothly. As I read the recipe I was thinking of all the directions you could take it. Being an Aussie you could omit the apple and add some small chunks of roasted pumpkin for the sweet element and some soft goats fetta or some nice chunks of fresh ricotta and roasted cherry tomato..........limitless possibilities!

 

"with plastic wrap across the top, secured with a rubber band. "--

Our grandmas are twins. Mine did the same. Sometimes with wax paper that she had saved and was making it's third++ appearance.

Your mac salad looks lovely. A lot diff than the mac salads I grew up with and oh so tasty looking!

 

Meki
June 29, 2011

This looks awesome! Here in Philippines, we make Macaroni Salad very different from this! But I sure want to try this. It really looks awesome!!!

 

JL goes Vegan
June 29, 2011

The idea of macaroni salad without mayo is very appealing to me! (I've seen too many vegenaise potato and mac salads in on food blogs lately) Love the idea of adding dried apricot. Thanks for another great recipe.

 

The Hungry Traveler
June 29, 2011

Yum, I will definitely be trying this one out pretty soon, the idea of using yogurt is interesting, might have to give that a try as well. Also - I wanted to try you Salt-Kissed Buttermilk Cake, with the raspberries, but will AP flour work in place of half or all the WW? I have WW flour but not sure if it is WW pastry or regular - I think regular so I was gonna go half and half w/ it...

 

Tracy Wood
June 29, 2011

A few things I really, really love about this salad - the fact that there is no mayo and the addition of an apple! What a fresh idea! I also think that lemon zest and lemon juice are secret weapons in the kitchen - they just add the perfect taste to whatever you are making - apparently, even pasta salad! As always, beautiful photos and lovely recipe. Happy fourth!

 

Belinda @zomppa
June 29, 2011

I don't think anyone can replicate this - it's full of emotion and family history!

 

Fantastic use of green onions! I never would have thought to puree them into a sauce... genius. I love pasta salads when they're a) dressed lightly and b) packed with veggies. I recently made a lemon pasta salad with sauteed zucchini & summer squash, as well as fresh corn & tomatoes - now I'm thinking I also should have added some arugula. Next time!

 

we used to have macaroni salad every week as a side with our bbq. i have to say that i'm sure now i would love adding more ingredients...all my mom could get away with us as kiddos was a TINY bit of mayo and mustard and chopped pickles!

 

Kelly
June 29, 2011

I love pasta salad in the summertime, and this one has some wonderful ingredients. The apple and arugula are particularly nice touches. Thanks Heidi!

 

Nisrine M.
June 29, 2011

Wonderful pasta salad, Heidi. Freash, easy and great for picnics or the beach.

 

Irene
June 29, 2011

this salad looks fantastic - i have to make it for our next picknick!

 

Sam
June 29, 2011

This looks great! Not that I don't love the occasional mayonnaise-y macaroni or potato salad, but this looks like a refreshing alternative. Next time green onions come from my CSA, this is on the menu.

 

Eleanor
June 29, 2011

I guess if you were to make the salad a day or two in advance, you could cook the pasta a dente so it wouldn't get too soggy, right? Or add in the olive oil and other dressing items just before serving?

 

Sounds awesome. Not a fan of mayo soaked pasta so this is perfect!

 

Khushboo
June 29, 2011

I make a similar macaroni salad, sans the arugula. I definitely love the addition of apples or even pomegranate for that matter, it breaks the savoriness of the dish.

 

DessertForTwo
June 29, 2011

I love when you do your version of classic dishes! Creamy pureed scallions has got to beat mayo anyday!

P.S. Did you get my email? :)

 

I've never seen a macaroni salad like that, it looks amazing! I like your dad's style :), happy 4thing!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

 

Summer wouldn't be summer without macaroni salad! I usually make my grandma's recipe, but, for the sake of variety, I'd love to try this one too; I love the idea of a creamy scallion sauce!

 

la domestique
June 29, 2011

Sometimes I get nostalgic for a family recipe and make it again and again until I'm over it. Growing up Mom always made this garlic cheddar dip that is very 80's but sometimes I crave it.

 

Bev Weidner
June 29, 2011

Absolutely fantastic! Perfect for a picnic or a simple date night at home.

Or breakfast.

Or a midnight snack.

Or through an IV?

...I think so.

 

Meaghan
June 29, 2011

WOW! I just started following as recommended by my Google Reader - big thanks to Google for sending me your way! My fiance's family is a big fan of creamy mayonaise drenched pasta salads - I am not. I think I'll have to bring this one to the next family picnic and perhaps I'll convert them yet!

 

greenthyme
June 29, 2011

Thanks for sharing something so unique and simple! I love the idea of creating cold salads without all the mayo,. I'm so over those types of dishes! I'm especially loving using fresh ingredients like an apple too. I just created a couscous salad with tahini dressing, also using an apple and added cucumber and carrots. Can't wait to try this one. Your photos make me want to try everything I see here!

 

mariah
June 29, 2011

This looks simple and lovely! Can't wait to try it!

 

Mrs. Jen B
June 29, 2011

This is lovely. I do enjoy a change from the tried-and-true mayo macaroni salad. And when I do use mayo it's quite sparing. I prefer salads with olive oil - maybe some tomatoes, mozzarella and basil? :)

 

I detest the classic mayo based macaroni salad, but this one looks fresh and very different! Lovely recipe.

 

DawnSC
June 29, 2011

Thanks for another great twist on a classic salad! I'm also in the club that despises mayo, so I'm usually out of luck eating these types of salads at summer picnics. I'm so excited when you share non-mayo based versions of these recipes. I can't wait to try this one - I've loved the potato salad and the cole slaw you've posted in the past. Thanks!

 

Michelle
June 29, 2011

pasta water... great idea! I like the idea of a pasta salad that is not heavy rather bursting with flavor. Lovely dish Heidi!

 

Kristen
June 29, 2011

Cannot wait to try this one out. Roughly every two weeks I'm making a recipe of yours and every time they come out great. I'll share them on my blog soon since I've got a backlog! (Lentil almond stir fry, add baked tofu, is hands down my favorite!)

 

Steph
June 29, 2011

This looks so yummy!

 

Snack Girl
June 29, 2011

No mayo huh? I don't know if I could do it :) But the flavors really sound great. I will give it a try!

 

Heidi @ Food Doodles
June 29, 2011

Love macaroni salads :) And the apple in this sounds great! My mother in law adds apple to her potato salad too. Yummy :)

 

Debra
June 29, 2011

A great picnic recipe. The only thing I'd add would have to be diced grilled red peppers.

 

This salad sounds lovely Heidi! I really like that it's not mayo based (even though those kind of salads are tasty too) bc then it can be set out for a bit without any worries.

Loved the story about your Dad also. I can almost picture him wheeling the ice chest around ;)

 

Tall Clover Farm
June 29, 2011

Now this is a recipe I will embrace this summer, especially because it celebrates the best of fresh and garden harvests, at least in my neck of the woods.

May substitute some Walla Walla onions and kale just to mix things up, but that's what is great about this recipe, it screams for variation and playing around with the ingredients. Thanks!

 

Nikki
June 29, 2011

I miss your dad. Can't wait to make this. Thanks, Heidi!
Can't wait to see you in July/August!

HS: Can't wait to see you too Nik. And these days we don't have to worry about a curfew ;) xoxo

 

Simply Life
June 29, 2011

Oooh, I love all the greens in this!

 

Rebecca
June 29, 2011

Just yesterday I did a riff on your Tuscan Kale salad, swapping chilled tri-colored macaroni shells for the bread crumbs, adding garlic scrapes, extra lemon zest and slivered almonds. Must be pasta-salad time of year.

 

Janet
June 29, 2011

The recipe sounds wonderful. Would love to see a picture of the bowl!


HS: I'll try to get a shot the next time I see it :)

 

Liz
June 29, 2011

You have impeccable timing--what a perfect recipe for summer picnics/gatherings/etc. Thank you!
My variation of your Big Sur Power Bars turned out really crispy, more like those sahallee snacks then bars but it wasn't a bad thing, I just cut them into smaller snack bites. YUM! A picture is posted at www.smallhandsbigworld.blogspot.com with a link to your recipe. Thank you!

 

Kathy FitzHenry
June 29, 2011

Great way to jazz up an old classic.

Love the idea of using alternatives to mayo, as it tends to get over used in summer salads.

Plus, your photography seems to get better every time I visit your site.
Nice work Heidi!


HS: Thanks Kath! Hope your summer has kicked off well.

 

Gen
June 29, 2011

I really can't stomach macaroni salad but this version sounds delightful and definitely worth a try ... very soon. I was thinking some finely diced dried tomatoes might be a nice addition too.

 

Rachel
June 29, 2011

Yum! Pasta salad with lots of greens is exactly what I'm craving right now!
Your grandmother's bowls sound beautiful. I just spent a few days sorting through my grandmother's kitchen things and a colander just like the one in your macaroni picture was among them. My dad used to wear it as a helmet as a kid. Special pieces like that are such a pleasure to cook with!

 

miriam
June 29, 2011

finally! something to do with all the scallions in the fridge, i love the fact your recipes tango with my garden.

 

Suzy
June 29, 2011

You had me at "without the... mayo". I HATE the taste of mayonnaise so I've missed out on many a "salads" over the course of my lifetime. I can't WAIT to try this recipe! More mayo alternatives please!

 

Denise | Chez Danisse
June 29, 2011

I love recipes like this that give us a place for beginning and inspire us to experiment and make it our own.

 

Erin
June 29, 2011

Any suggestions for type of apple?

HS: I found a Pink Lady in the back of my refrigerator. Worked great. Crisp/Sweet.

 

Keep It Simple Foods
June 29, 2011

Sounds delish!

 

nicole
June 29, 2011

Oh man ... Definitely will be on my 4th of July menu. Love the idea of using plain yogurt, too. YUM.

 

Anonymous
June 29, 2011

Heidi,
Wonderful recipe, one I'll work with a lot as family comes to visit this summer. I did want to see a picture of the blue bowl...it isn't the one on the cover of your cookbook, is it?
Pat in Sonoma Co.

 

Primordial Soup
June 29, 2011

I shun mayo dressings, but will admit that plain yogurt-based dressing is an acquired taste! Seeing recipes using pasta water to moisten vegetables in stir-fries more frequently lately (and I'm sure Italian cooks have done it forever), but never thought of using the starch component of pasta water in a dressing. Great idea! Will be making this salad using whole wheat orzo (arugula and apple ensuite) for Canada Day this weekend! Merci!

 

heather @ chiknpastry
June 29, 2011

i'm actually eating your tortellini salad for leftover lunch today, and it's excellent. love all the asparagus ;).

i'm sure this is just as great!

 

I've taken to adding apples and yogurt to tuna salad, but I never thought of the combo in a macaroni salad. Thanks for the idea!

 

Katie
June 29, 2011

I've recently become obsessed with the scallion (or chive) + lemon juice + garlic + salt/pepper mix - I've been adding it to everything from greek yogurt (for a dip/spread) to oil for salad dressing.

 

This is a dream come true for Mayo haters! Love how fresh and simple this is :)

 

Jennifer (Delicieux)
June 29, 2011

What a gorgeous and simply salad. Simple fresh flavours work every time.

I love the story behind your inspiration for this salad too. Your Dad sounds wonderful.

 

M. @ V. Gourmet
June 29, 2011

I love the idea of simply using green onions for a sauce -- so novel!

 

Stephanie
June 29, 2011

Wow! This sounds like an awesome alternative to the goopy typical style mac salad!

 

Ann
June 29, 2011

Holy Cow! That looks amazing! What a GREAT idea to use scallions and pasta water! I love it and I love the pictures! Truly - amazing!

 

cambur
June 29, 2011

Just made this salad. I thought that it would be perfect for our picnic tonight. I did it just as stated except used lemon pepper instead of pepper and didn't use any lemon zest. The salad turned out great. It's a keeper.

 

Your story reminds me of my great aunt Mary Lou and her pea/mayo salad. It appeared at every family function, and we all "took a little" each time. Now that she's passed, sometimes I miss that green and cheesy creation.
I might just go crazy and use your green onion sauce with some quinoa. I have a massive bag in my pantry that wants to befriend these flavors. Great idea to free us from a classic mayo dish!

 

barb @ wishful chef
June 29, 2011

I can't wait to try this recipe. I love the ingredients you use and how simple it is!

 

Frank
June 29, 2011

Great dish
Went home and cooked it up Easy and the taste--- ----------- DELICIOUS

 

lori
June 29, 2011

We're headed to the cabin for the weekend. I think I'll have to make this! We'll think of you. Hope you have something fun planned.

 

Amy
June 29, 2011

Ahh but now you've got me wanting to taste your dad's recipe, too! You make picnics sound so lovely. I can't wait to have one and bring this macaroni to it.

By the way you inspired me to make a barley risotto the other day, thank you for that! :)

 

Gretchen
June 29, 2011

This is the type of recipe where I walk away thinking outside of a macaroni salad box. Like a tiny wall in my head I didn't know existed just disappeared. Thanks Heidi.

 

michelle
June 29, 2011

I will have this salad on my mind.....until I make it. it just sounds and looks delicious

 

Scienter
June 29, 2011

This looks awesome! I love lemon! It's also different than the usual elbow macaroni salad drowned in mayo and punctuated with a little bit of celery and onion.

 

Snippets of thyme
June 29, 2011

Its amazing how wonderful new inventions of classic dishes are so welcome. This looks delicious and I think my entire family would love it. Definitely bookmarking!

 

I love love love this and the fact that there is no mayo makes my heart sing. I have been looking for something along these lines and again your come through! Thanks for your lovely post / blog and book. You are just awesome.

 

Caz
June 29, 2011

It's winter here but this seems like a perfect and delicious way to use up my spring onions, apple and arugula that I didn't yet have plans for!

 

Anna Johnston
June 29, 2011

Awwwwwhhh, how cute is your daddy. I love it. And, I love this salad. Looks delish. And its a nice healthy option too. Bring on Summer, top of the list to try. :)

 

JB
June 30, 2011

Heidi, I've been living in Bangladesh for the summer, and this is the first time I got homesick. And I don't even like macaroni salad.

 

Anonymous
June 30, 2011

Sounds lovely! :)

 

Rosanne
June 30, 2011

Delicious! I made this last night...followed the recipe with the exception of macaroni...I didn't have any, so instead we had quinoa salad. Just ate it for lunch today and it's fabulous with yogurt added in.

 

Thanks for posting a great cold salad that doesn't use mayonaise!

 

Epicurea
June 30, 2011

mmmhh, pureed spring onions dressing, sounds refreshing and summery!

 

Witty
June 30, 2011

Your salad looks great. I will try it. Maybe you could get your dad to post his version. I would love to see the bowl and his presentation!

 

Eliza
June 30, 2011

Thanks for the inspiration... I had some beautiful spring onions, and wanted to use them in a way that highlighted the ingredient. I actually made this sauce (added mint), but mixed it with mashed potatoes. Boy, it was awesome.

 

katie@cozydelicious
June 30, 2011

I love the idea of a slightly creamy pasta salad without mayo. I'm a mayo hater, so this is fantastic. The apple is what reallt got my attention, though. Crunchy sweet bits in macaroni salad? Interesting!

 

Christina
June 30, 2011

That looks amazing. I love pasta salads that don't have any mayo on them, perfect for summer bbq's!

 

brie.
June 30, 2011

looks absolutely delish! thanks!

 

Revathy
June 30, 2011

Heidi,

Love this recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful salad.... pass it on please :)

loving all recipes in here.

Rev
www.relishdelish.blogspot.com

 

Rocky Mountain Woman
June 30, 2011

A person can never have too many pasta salads in their summer! Can't wait to try this one...

 

I love the concept of not having an overly creamy mac salad - healthier and more flavorful, I think.

 

Phil
June 30, 2011

This recipe sounds and looks delicious: I love the simplicity of the dish and your stunning photography!

 

Cheryl
June 30, 2011

Just finished making this and it is wonderful. The flavors are complex and exciting and really put those gloppy mayo-based salads to shame. You have a gift for flavor!

 

piccolo macaroni. I like how u approached macaroni salad. i wouldn't be surprised anymore. if its from heidi, it mus be good :)

 

tobias kocht!
July 1, 2011

Looks nice and fresh with all these greens. I tendt to add some mustartd as well.

 

love cooking
July 1, 2011

Wow...this is new to me. Using a green onions puree for a salad. But with all those flavor, think that will be very nice. Apple and macaroni, also quite a idea and combination. Guess will turn out very special. Must try it.

 

Sues
July 1, 2011

I LOVE how many greens are in this mac salad! It's definitely unique and a fabulous take on a BBQ classic :)

 

Melissa
July 1, 2011

Another beautiful recipe. I made it with spelt pasta for an extra boost of fiber. You use could also try farro spaghetti or whole wheat pasta. You always have recipes which have great flavor and can be adapted to suit individual tastes and requirements. you're a star. For more ideas about holistic health recipes and tips, try my website: www.holistichealthandlifestyle.com

 

Kimberly
July 1, 2011

I think you may be my new favorite person in the entire world. I love macaroni salad but I hate that it always has mayo or some other dairy base. To make a sauce with the green onions? Brilliant! I can't wait to make this. Thank you!

 

Kevin
July 1, 2011

Summer is not summer without homemade macaroni salad. This recipe for macaroni salad is extraordinary. Made it the other night and it was exceptional. Wonderful flavors that converge on the taste buds. Thanks for sharing.

 

Maria Abbruzo
July 2, 2011

Lovely Blog you have here. I made this salad as well. It is a great recipe, as it is easy to make, but surprisingly tasty!

 

Melissa C
July 2, 2011

My absolute favorite feeling in the world is reading a recipe on your blog and looking into the fridge to find I have everything it requires. Having exactly 4 bunches of green onion and everything else this salad required was a great way to use up last weeks produce and give me the boost I needed to stop me from going to the grocery store with a rumbly tummy. Serendipitous I tell ya..

 

Elizabeth
July 2, 2011

Loved it! Very tasty!! :)

 

Barb
July 3, 2011

Quinoa pasta is good too. I try to stay away from wheat. This recipe looks amazing.

 

Culinary Artist
July 3, 2011

Was in the mood for Macaroni salad and had already cooked pasta shells when I found this recipe. Of course I didn't have the pasta water saved so I used mayo. It was the perfect salad for our mid-week impromtu picnic!

 

Pinoy Neophyte
July 3, 2011

i'm gonna try this one!

thanks!

 

Rupal in Brooklyn
July 3, 2011

this was fabulous. i also added toasted pepitas, chopped oil-cured olives and pea-shoots. love the spring onion dressing. thanks!


HS: Love the sound of this Rupal. Thanks for reporting back!

 

Nicole
July 3, 2011

I made a potato salad that was inspired by this recipe tonight and it was wonderful (especially with no mayo). I used a bit of sour cream with the yogurt. Also, instead of apple, for something crunchy I added fennel bulb and lemon soaked red onions. I can't wait to eat it again tomorrow.

 

Susan
July 4, 2011

This is absolutely delicious. Just made it for our 4th of July picnic at the lake. I love the fact that there is no mayonnaise, so it will be safe at our warm weather picnic. I didn't have arugula on hand, so substituted fresh spinach, a little milder but good. I'm having a hard time keeping my tasting spoon out of the bowl, but there is certainly enough for the crowd.

 

kevin
July 4, 2011

How do you keep the diced apple from turning brown?

 

shawn
July 4, 2011

i made this dish for a bbq yesterday and it was truly amazing. i admit that i was skeptical about mayo-free macaroni salad, but this version has everything i love about my mom's classic salad without the mayo. this was a huge hit at my bbq--friends had seconds and thirds--and i was out of arugula so i'm sure that would make it even more delectable. here's the thing: i salted the living daylights out of the pasta water (admittedly, this was accidental), so the pasta itself had a delicious saltiness, and the reserved pasta water seasoned the creamy (yes, creamy!) scallion mixture perfectly. i maybe added just a dash of salt afterwards. heidi, i have never commented here before but i just couldn't help myself for this one. thanks so much for my new summer go-to dish. YUM!

 

Christy
July 4, 2011

Made this today for a Fourth of July party, it was amazing! Great flavor with the creamy scallion dressing because I'm not a big mayo fan....everyone loved how different it was from a regular macaroni salad...great job!

 

Beverly
July 4, 2011

I also made this for our 4th of July dinner and because it was last minute, I didn't have arugula or apple but it was still delish! I threw in some chopped parsley, mint and basil and will look forward to the arugula/apple additions next time. I am also a first time commenter. Heidi, thanks for being such an inspiration!

 

This looks just beautiful! I can just imagine how fantastic the seasonings would be - lovely black pepper. Yum!
Heidi xo

 

Sara
July 5, 2011

Made this salad this weekend. A huge hit! Particularly loved the addition of the argugula. Used a gala apple. Will be making A LOT!

 

Jonha | FriendsEat
July 5, 2011

I'm sure your version of the macaroni is much better and yes - healthier ;)

 

Justin
July 5, 2011

I tried this salad because I love green onions. I would say that adding the lemon and apple helped a lot. I even added more lemon to cut through the onion taste a bit. Everyone that has tried it really likes it. This will be added to my recipe book for sure.

 

Nicole
July 5, 2011

Yum! Just wanted to chime in and say I made this sauce for some boiled yukon gold new potatoes this weekend. It was great! Can't wait to try the whole recipe on some pasta.

 

Marssa
July 5, 2011

I made this recipe over the 4th of July weekend, and shared it with friends at a backyard bbq. Everyone raved about it, including myself. It's so much fresher than the traditional pasta salad. Thank you!

 

Karen
July 5, 2011

I made this for a 4th of July gathering too. 15 people with 9 of them being kids. All but 1 liked it and most raved, with a 13 year old being mad because someone ate the leftovers.

I did use only 2 bunches of green onions since I was worried about the kids liking it. My sauce was probably a little looser than yours, but it worked perfectly. (I could've licked the blender.) The store was out of arugula so I used watercress which also has a peppery taste. Loved it!

I'll try any recipe without mayo, (yuck) keep them coming! Thanks!

 

Ranjani
July 6, 2011

Love a mayo-free pasta salad! This inspired me to try my own version last night

 

Lara
July 6, 2011

I made this for the 4th as well.... it was fantastic! Very fresh and light. When I make it again (yes, when) I am going to omit the apples and maybe add celery and walnuts.

 

Tiffany
July 7, 2011

I am an oncology dietitian at a cancer center and do cooking demos once a month. I made this for June's cooking demo and they loved it! My grocery store didn't have just arugula so I got an "herb salad mix" that had arugula in it. I piced most of the arugula out and picked some of the dill out and then add some of the other greens with a similar thickness/texture and they really liked it. Even the dill!

 

Bill
July 7, 2011

Great salad Heidi! I have followed you for quite a while but have never commented before. Your new place looks and sounds wonderful too. I believe your Dad's beloved bowl is Hall China. The set sounds exactly like the one my Mom has, dating from her wedding in 1957, still in daily use and almost perfect condition!


HS: Thanks for the insight Bill - I'll have a look the next time I'm at their house. The bowls are the prettiest shade of cornflower blue.

 

Tanya
July 13, 2011

This macaroni salad was a huge hit at our Canada Day barbecue! Everyone loved the fact that it was non-mayo based. Thanks! :)

 

Janelle
July 19, 2011

I always seem to be left with a bunch of green onions after using just a few. So now I'll remember this recipe to use them up.

 

SextonDanielle
July 19, 2011

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celia
July 25, 2011

Such an earthy dish, i love the ingredients.

 

jms
July 29, 2011

This is great - added chicken for a complete meal.
Loved it.
Thanks!

 

Hester
August 4, 2011

Slam dunkin like Shaquille O'Neal, if he wrote infomrtiave articles.

 

Zahra
August 5, 2011

I made this yesterday for a picnic-for-dinner with Chicken Philly sandwiches. I didn't have arugula or an apple, so just skipped the last two ingredients. The result was still tasty, and I'll very likely be making it again as a scallion pesto. Thank you for the recipe.