Mom’s Macaroni Salad

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Ladies and gentlemen, this is my mom’s macaroni salad.  If you know my mom Judy, then you have probably had a bowl or two of this insanely good macaroni salad!   We ate this at least once a week, growing up, and I have yet to get tired of it.  In fact, I love it more than ever!  I crave it.  I daydream about it.  What can I say, I’m obsessed with it!    It goes great with hamburgers and hot dogs, grilled chicken or steak or straight from the bowl!  It may seem like a strange combination of flavors but let me tell you, it works!   The lemon juice and the mandarin oranges give this salad a wonderful, bright citrus punch!  So good!!

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

4 cups of dry elbow macaroni

1 cup of good quality mayonnaise

3  5 ounce cans of tuna fish (packed in water)

The juice of one lemon

1  11 ounce can of mandarin oranges, drained

1 tablespoon of paprika

2 tablespoons of chopped parsley

salt and pepper to taste

 

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

Cook the elbow macaroni as directed on the box.

Drain and rinse with cold water.  Set aside.

Open the cans of tuna fish and drain them thoroughly.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, tuna fish, lemon juice, paprika, parsley, slat and pepper.

Pour the pasta into a large mixing bowl.  Mix in the tuna and mayo mixture.  Toss to coat evenly.

Fold in the mandarin oranges.

Top with a bit more parsley and paprika, if you like.

Chill for 2 hours and serve.

 

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