Friday, May 13, 2011

Show-off Salad

The weather is soooo beautiful today!!  I absolutely LOVE spring time!!

This recipe is great for days like this!  It's a make ahead recipe, so you can just pull it out of the fridge when it's time to eat & you're good to go!  It can be used as a main dish or a side either way.  If you serve it as your main dish, just make some nice Pan Rolls or this Bacon Swiss bread to go with it & you're set!

Show-off Salad
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 cups shredded lettuce
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium cucumber, peeled, and diced
4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
1 cup shredded red cabbage
1 small red onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, shredded
1 cup diced fully cooked ham, optional
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1 cup miracle whip
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
salt & pepper to taste

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse in cool water.  Transfer to a bowl.  Drizzle the noodles with the oil and toss to coat.

Place the lettuce evenly across the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.  Top with green peppers, cucumber, macaroni, eggs, cabbage, red onion, carrots, ham, peas & cheese.

In a small bowl combine the miracle whip, sour cream, green onions, mustard, sugar, and salt & pepper.  Spread over the top of the salad.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Just before serving you can sprinkle some more green onions or freshly grated Parmesan cheese on the top.

Lovely & delicious! Enjoy!
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