Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Simple Macaroni Salad for a Hot Day

The weather has been really warm the last few weeks. I don't usually feel like cooking much when it is hot and even more so, I don't want to eat much. On Saturday I decided to make a pasta salad for lunch. It was perfect for a hot day. If you can't find smoked paprika, regular will also do. I think the smoked really added something though. David thought it needed more egg, so I added an extra one to the recipe.

Simple Macaroni Salad for a Hot Day

Ingredients

1/2 lb. macaroni cooked according to package, rinsed and cooled
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 bell pepper (any color you like), chopped
1/4 cup chopped green onion, light and dark parts
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl combine egg, pepper, onion, parsley, and lemon juice. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add mayonnaise and paprika and thoroughly mix. Mix in cooked macaroni until completely coated and season with salt and pepper.
Serves two hungry people with a little extra to bring to work for lunch the next day.

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