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#1 Old 09-02-2005, 04:24 PM
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Healthy Summer Macaroni Salad

This recipe is suitable for a: vegetarian or vegan diet

Category: Salads



1 lb (dry) whole wheat or spelt elbow pasta

1/2 cup celery, diced

1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed

1 bunch green onions sliced, including about half the green parts

1 jar (4-oz) sweet pimentos, OR roasted red peooers, drained and sliced

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup vegan "mayonnaise"

12 TB apple cider vinegar

12 tsp agave nectar or brown rice syrup

1 medium shallot, minced

1 Tb. fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/4 cup finely minced fresh parsley

sea salt, to taste

ground pepper, to taste

Optional Ingredients of your choice:

cubed cooked tempeh

cubed cooked flavored tofu

sweet pickle relish or chopped dill pickles

drained, canned beans of your choice

sliced green or black olives

fresh herbs



Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in COLD water.

Combine the pasta, celery, green onions, peas and pimentos/peppers in a large serving bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, mayonnaise, vinegar, brown rice syrup, shallot, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper.

Toss into the salad. Add any optional ingredients you want - feel free to experiment!

Adjust seasonings, adding more vinegar, sweetner, salt or pepper, as desired.

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This is the "classic macaroni picnic salad" made SOOOO much better!!

Quick, easy, colorful and you can add WHATEVER you want to it!!

I always get people asking for the recipe - and I usually make it a little bit different each time!

Recipe source: This recipe is mine or I have altered it from its original version.

If you try this recipe please come back and leave a review!
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#2 Old 10-19-2005, 03:12 PM
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How many calories (prepared) per cup?
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#3 Old 11-18-2005, 04:24 PM
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I eat a balanced diet and do not count calories, I wouldn't have a clue, but obviously your two sources of fat are spread thru the whole salad so you're getting a healthy dose of wheat pasta and veggies with just small amount of fat - shouldn't be anything to worry about, it's not like it's junk food.
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