Since we were planning on having a couple of friends visit during our 8-9 days at the hideaway, I made a perfect BBQ/summer salad...Macaroni Salad.
It's my mother-in-law's recipe and I usually make it once a year, always in the summer, always when there are several people to enjoy it.
Basic ingredients. Shell pasta, cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes, hardboiled eggs, miracle whip (never mayonaise), salt and pepper. Oh ya, onion...but we never put onion because we don't like raw onion. So instead, serve some chopped chives on the side for people to add as they'd like. I can handle chives, just not raw onions. Jimmy doesn't even like chives.
Mix everything together then let the flavors meld in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
Not exactly the most calorie friendly side salad, but what 'mayonaise' based salad ever is? You could use light miracle whip (or mayo if you have to), we've used the light stuff with success. You could also use less miracle whip or mayo.
Here's my mother-in-law's recipe without any of my adjustments:
Mom's Macaroni Salad
2 packages American Beauty Tri Pasta (shells)
1 lg. hot house cucumber, sliced ¼” thick
whole bunch radishes, sliced
bunch green onions, sliced, include 1 inch of greens
6 hard boiled eggs, chopped real fine
4 tomatoes, cut
sm. Bottle miracle whip
salt and pepper
Cook pasta as directed on package. Mix all ingredients. Refrigerate several hours before serving.