Cool and Creamy Macaroni Salad
This no-fuss picnic classic has just two core ingredients: pasta and mayonnaise. So you might be surprised at just how far a little technique can take you.
Why This Recipe Works
We used plenty of water when cooking our Cool and Creamy Macaroni Salad to ensure that the pasta cooked evenly and efficiently. We seasoned the water generously with salt to flavor the pasta. To prevent the salad from drying out, we drained the pasta briefly but made sure to leave a little water on the pasta. That way, the macaroni absorbed the water instead of the mayonnaise.
We stirred the seasonings into the pasta first before adding the mayonnaise, allowing the seasonings to add deeper flavor to the pasta without being drowned out by the mayonnaise.