How To Make Delicious Chicken Macaroni Salad
Make your macaroni salad super tasty!
You can always count on someone to make a pasta dish whenever there is a gathering of some sort. You¬†may expect someone to bring a spaghetti, a lasagna, or even a baked¬†macaroni dish¬†to the party. However, when the holidays are near, it's the chicken macaroni salad that takes a more popular role on the buffet table.¬†
If you are planning to make this unique dish¬†for Noche Buena, you might need some tips to get you through the making of it. Here are some to keep in mind¬†when making it:¬†¬†
1 Cook the pasta first.¬†
Have you ever cooked pasta and either discovered that you didn't have enough sauce to make it taste perfect? It might even be the opposite: you might have too much sauce and not enough pasta.
Unless you have perfected the recipe, it's a common problem many of us face. You can avoid that by cooking the pasta first when making macaroni salad. By cooking the pasta¬†first, you can better gauge how much dressing you will need. Plus, you can always¬†reserve¬†half of the pasta¬†instead of adding it all into the dressing. You can always add more pasta but you might not be able to remove it if you find that you¬†don't have enough dressing made.¬†
2 Make the dressing¬†more flavorful.¬†¬†
The dressing is what makes any salad more delicious. In the case¬†of the macaroni salad, it's doubly important. The dressing is what makes the salad¬†delicious and tasty.¬†However,¬†it's a common mistake to believe that dressings can lose their tasty powers when dumped with too much pasta.¬†While you do not want your macaroni salad swimming in the dressing, you do need to make your dressing much more flavorful than you would normally.
Since pasta is a bland ingredient, the dressing needs to step up in flavor so add a little bit more than usual. Give it a taste and if it¬†tastes "perfect", it's not. Add more¬†because once it is tossed with the pasta, it will go from "perfect" to "bland" with every toss.¬†
3 Generously add¬†mix-ins.¬†
The biggest mistake some people when making macaroni salads is¬†not adding enough mix-ins. This is a pasta salad and while the dressing might be flavorful, the chunks, bits, and shreds of ingredients that¬†mix with the elbow macaroni pasta are a delightful contrast. It's these ingredients that make¬†the eater want to spoon another into their mouths. It can be meaty, fruity, juicy, and tasty components that¬†will make your macaroni salad a hit at any buffet table.¬†
4¬†Keep it chilled.
It's a¬†pasta, sure, but it's still a salad. This means that its dressing is made with mayonnaise,¬†a mixture that's made with eggs. Despite commercial mayonnaise being less perishable than fresh mayonnaise, there is still a danger of the mayonnaise spoiling. Keeping it chilled just like any other salad dressing will keep you from unintentionally causing any food poisoning¬†incidents.¬†
Besides, a chilled chicken macaroni salad is best when chilled completely. The¬†pasta are firmer and the¬†ingredients are free to meld and become more¬†delicious.
Your¬†tastebuds and your guests will thank you.¬†
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