What are some good add-ins to use in home made macaroni salad?

@NailTech (6892)
United States
September 15, 2012 2:29pm CST
I just made the macaroni, added some pepper and some mayo and it seems so bland. I was thinking of adding some chopped onion and cucumbers. Maybe some other herbs but which kinds would you use? What other add-ins could you put into it such as the veggies or meat? I haven't made this in a very long time and skipped lunch today so I'm hungry!
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
15 Sep 12
I woud add hard boiled eggs or bacon bits, italian seasoning, grated cheese, red or green peppers, and some grated carrots, plus what you did, but the mayo needs to be spiced up, so add a little cayenne pepper as well. You know,maybe those small petit peas would also help to give it a little color and flavor. Mayo is a bit too bland - I use the olive oil mayo and find that has a bi of a kick as well.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
16 Sep 12
I think the eggs and the bacon bits would be awesome. I was to lazy to boil them though today so I guess it will have to wait til another time. The grated cheese I have heard is another good option, yes. Olive oil does have more of a kick, depending on what else is added to it. Lemon can be as well. I'm loving all these ideas, thanks!
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
17 Sep 12
I boil the eggs ahead of time and store them in the fridge until I need them. But with the bacon, I practically have to hide it if I make it ahead of time. It is so good. The same thng with salami and other smoked meats. Iusaully use Hellman's Olive Oil mayonnaise. It costs more but is so good.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
22 Sep 12
Yea, bacon is a familiar thing in most households. I can do with or without on a on and off basis, it doesn't matter. I try to avoid it for the most part. I want to make some more macaroni salad this afternoon so I will probably do that now.
• United States
15 Sep 12
You can add quite a variety of things to macaroni salad. I start with macaroni and mayo, and I then add in whatever I happen to have on hand that seems like a good idea at the time. I like adding turmeric or curry powder to help spice things up a bit. I also like carrots and peas (frozen or fresh). Onion is a definite if I have it about, and green peppers are a good addition as well. If in season, some green onion tops can add to the salad as well. I like macaroni salad with a nice piece of salmon or a salmon burger. That makes for a nice, healthy and beautiful meal. However, if you're just going with the salad as a meal, I would suggest adding in some hard boiled egg, bits of chicken or chunks of tempeh to it to help bulk it up a bit more.
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@NailTech (6892)
• United States
16 Sep 12
That is how i start mine, just added pepper to it too though and it's still plain in the fridge. Probably add some things in it tonight though before I going to bed. If I only could eat green peppers, as I love them. But someone told me they would make me sick if I ate them again. I have colitis and some foods might flare it up again. Salmon I thought of but only if I add it to mine as everyone else here hates it. I wish I had some bits of chicken, I do have some frozen in the freezer....
• United States
16 Sep 12
Meat and dairy would be more likely to cause problems than peppers with colitis. If you haven't tried them recently, you may want to try a small bit to see if your body can tolerate them.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
17 Sep 12
It's funny though that they don't cause any problems with me, when I'm not stressed. Stress seems to be a big factor too for me personally. It's all about the emotions and stress in how my health reacts to things it seems. I will do that though, try a piece of the peppers one day and see how it reacts. I love them but just don't want to take chances.
• United States
15 Sep 12
Crumbled up bacon and onion are both great. I usually add a little mustard to mine. If you want to add in some dairy cottage cheese is good, but does add much in the way of flavor. If you want to make a complete meal add in crumbled hamburger meat, onions and peas. I like to add garlic and peppers to give it a bit of a kick.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
16 Sep 12
Ooh yea, some bacon. I was going to add that as well. Mustard might not be the best ingredient but I do add it to my tuna salad so why not in macaroni salad. Hamburger meat I won't add this time as I will probably like that warm, and this is a cold salad. Thanks for the helpful suggestions!
• United States
15 Sep 12
When ever my mother in law makes Macaroni salad she always adds onions and peas to it as well as hardboiled eggs. She will even put a little dill in as well as a little ranch dressing just to add to the flavor. I have even added garlic powder to mine and it really adds something to it. I have a friend that puts in red pepper flakes and it really puts some spice to it. I love to make macaroni salad as its really a what ever you have on hand to throw in type of salad. I have also added black olives and pickles too. I think I am going to have to make my self a batch now cause just thinking about it makes me very hungry.
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@NailTech (6892)
• United States
16 Sep 12
Oh onions and peas sound yummy. I have thought of those too. I put hard boiled eggs int my potato salad when I make that but it's more time consuming than macaroni salad. I wish I still had some fresh dill from the garden, but it's all gone to seed, and out of the garden already. I have some kind of garlic here and will probably add it, too. I don't care for red pepper flakes but I know some people love it. I will also try the black olives and possibly pickles. Thanks for the suggestions, and hope yours turns out yummy!
@celticeagle (114473)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Sep 12
I put celery, SPIKE(which is a collection of herbs), palomento, cheese, minced onion, mayonaise, mustard, bell peppers, and pepper. It depends on how people like their salad. Some like it with sliced ham or chicken in it but i don't. Cucumbers would be good to keep it moist.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
17 Sep 12
We didn't have any celery left unfortunately. I did have alot of celery from the garden but didn't think to make the pasta salad until recently. I should have made some during the month of August when we had a ton of celery here. Palmentoes and green olives would be the last items for me to put into it, I just don't like them. But we all have our own different tastes. I did end up putting black olives, cut up tomatoes without the seeds, and some mixture of herbs without the added salt and it was yummy. My mom especially loves most pasta dishes and she ate alot of this one, LOL. I almost had to tell her to leave some for me. I only had one bowl besides the macaroni I tried to see if it tasted any good, the first night I made it.
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@celticeagle (114473)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Sep 12
It is always nice to have people like what you fix. Glad it turned out well.
@marguicha (82844)
• Chile
15 Sep 12
For me, a macaroni salad can yake almost anything you have in your kitchen. There are a couple of things that are always present in mine, becvause I grow the plants in my garden. One of the is oregano (in this case I use it dry, in the powdered form)and another are chives. If you donĀ“t have chives around, use the green part of bunch onions. Still if you are out of them a piece of grated onion will do. Cooked peas and diced cooked carrots (not too much) help the color. You can add a bit of mustard to the mayo before adding it (not too much).
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
16 Sep 12
Oh I have some chives growing outside still, I will definetly put those in it tomorrow, thanks for the reminder. I have thyme or oregano as well, in plant form outside. Mustard might be another great kick to use, thanks!!