It’s 4th of July weekend, and I don’t know about you, but to me, that means barbecues, beers and picnic foods. Christine and I are having our families over for a celebration on Monday, and since we have a ton of household tasks to take care of between now and then, we wanted to keep our food prep pretty simple.
We decided that macaroni salad would be a great addition to our low-maintenance 4th of July menu. It takes all of about 15 minutes to make, and it requires ingredients that we pretty much always have on hand. But we didn’t want to make just any old basic macaroni salad: We wanted to kick it up a notch with one of our favorite condiments, Hickory Farms’ Honey & Pineapple Mustard.
Hickory Farms opens up a seasonal kiosk at our local mall during the holiday season, and we always end up buying gourmet food gifts for our friends and family. We picked up a bottle of this unique-looking mustard for ourselves back in December, and ever since we (finally) opened it a couple of weeks ago, we just can’t get enough of it!
This particular mustard gives the macaroni salad a wonderful sweetness from the honey and pineapple, but it still has that classic mustard flavor. Although you likely won’t find Hickory Farms products in your local supermarket, I’m sure most grocery stores carry some kind of specialty mustard like this, so I’d encourage you to experiment with whatever flavor profiles you like. The mayo base of the dressing plays well with many different flavors, so the sky’s pretty much the limit!
Whatever you’re cooking (or grilling) this holiday weekend, stay safe and enjoy the sunshine!
Sweet and Tangy Macaroni Salad
Adapted from Hellmann’s. Makes 4-5 side dish servings.
- 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp. white vinegar
- 1 tbsp. Hickory Farms Honey and Pineapple Mustard (you can substitute your favorite Dijon or honey mustard, depending on what flavors you like)
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 cup diced celery
- 1/4 cup grated carrot
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- Cook macaroni according to package directions, then drain and rinse with cold water.
- Combine mayo, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in macaroni, celery, carrot and onion.
- Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Disclaimer: Hickory Farms did not ask us to write this post, nor were we compensated in any way for highlighting the company’s product. We just really, really love their Honey and Pineapple Mustard.