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Mama Mia’s Mac Salad


Makes: 6 servings

This tart side salad makes an ideal dish for a family reunion, backyard ’cue, or dinner on the grounds. This recipe is from: Southern Living Off the Eaten Path: On the Road Again


  • 7 ounces uncooked large pasta shells (2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain. Rinse pasta under cold running water; drain. Stir in oil until coated. Cover and chill 30 minutes.
    Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise and next 7 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until blended and smooth. Add pasta, stirring until pasta is creamy and coated. Stir in onion and remaining 2 ingredients. Serve immediately, or cover and chill 1 hour.

Southern Living Off the Eaten Path: On The Road Again; The Shed, Ocean Springs, Mississippi