Sunday, June 17, 2012

Grandma Macaroni Salad & Potato Salad

These salads bring back many memories.  Grandma has always made them for every fourth of July get together up at the cabin for as long as I can remember.  Ever since I have been able to wield a knife, I have helped her.  She taught me how to chop up onions and radishes, and I learned that onions make you cry.  So bad in fact, that once I ran around outside doing anything to get the onions away from me.  Oh, the pain of the onions..haha  I hope you all enjoy these recipes as much as my family and I do.

Potato Salad

  • 5 Radishes, chopped
  • 5 lb bag Potatoes, boiled, then chopped
  • 4 stalks Celery, chopped
  • ½ Onion, chopped
  • 15 Eggs, hardboiled, chopped
  • 1 Green Pepper, chopped
  • For Sauce:
  • ½ jar Miracle Whip (15 oz)
  • 2-3 T Mustard
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ¼ cup Milk
  • Salt & pepper

Macaroni Salad

  • 5 Radishes, chopped
  • 24oz Tuna (2 cans), drained
  • ½ Onion, chopped
  • 1 can Peas (15oz), drained
  • 15 oz Elbow Macaroni, cooked
  • For Sauce:
  • ½ jar Miracle Whip
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ¼ cup Milk
  • Salt & pepper
Usually these salads are made at the same time, each complimenting the other and balancing out the ingredients (1 whole onion instead of 1/2, etc).  When Grandma makes  food, she makes a lot and these recipes are generally doubled when we make them.  I have scaled them down to match a normal gathering's consumption and not a crazy-3-day-fourth-of-July party's consumption.
Potato Salad Ingredients, Chopped

Potato Salad Ingredients, Mixed (no sauce yet)
When making the potato salad and the macaroni salad, you can make both the sauces together.  If you haven't noticed from the ingredients list, the only difference between the sauces is that the potato salad has a few tablespoons of mustard.  Here are the two bowls of sauces, the one in the front is the potato salad sauce (with mustard); the one in the back is the macaroni salad sauce.
 Pour the sauce into the potato salad mixings and mix up with your hands, or a spoon, if you're not into the whole hands-in-my-food thing.  ;)  I would add a half or 3/4 of the sauce first and then see what you have.  Add more if you want it more saucy.

This photo helps you gauge about how much this recipe makes
Here is the potato salad all mixed up.
I took less photos for the macaroni salad, but here are the ingredients pre-sauce.
 And here she is post-sauce.
I brought these both to a party.  I put bowls underneath filled with ice so that they would stay cool.
Remember that you can always add more or less of something depending on what you have and what it tastes like.  Grandma never measures anything, she just dumps things in, mixes it with her hands then tastes it till it "tastes right".  It was hard to get exact measurements from her, but I think I got the ratios pretty much down.  Enjoy!

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