This simple macaroni salad is made with elbow macaroni, roasted red peppers, black olives, dill pickles, green onions and yellow bell pepper for a smorgasbord of colors and flavors.
I remember my mom always made macaroni salad for every barbeque we did as a child. Beans, Potato salad, and a macaroni salad were always on our picnic table for those summer cookouts or picnics. And we never called it pasta salad, it was always called macaroni salad. But I’m not sure we ever said pasta either in our house either. I grew up in the Southwestern United States and my mother was from Arkansas so I’m not sure if the term “pasta” was ever used. I know my mom never made anything pasta except spaghetti so it was either spaghetti or macaroni on the table.
We loved it when mom packed a picnic basket and we ate outside. We would go to a local park and eat at one of the picnic tables or she would spread a picnic blanket on the ground. It always made even a sandwich special but again, my mom was old-school so it was usually fried chicken. It was a classic picnic complete with checkered tablecloth, a thermos of tea or kool-aid (the old school kind), metal drinking glasses and a plastic container of homemade dessert usually brownies. Dad would make up some kind of mystery adventure such as a lost gold mine or a lost stash of gold. We never found the treasure but it was so exciting to think that we just might. These were such Good memories that didn’t cost my parents very much but were priceless to us.
It doesn’t take much to make those lasting memories with children. All it takes is a picnic lunch and a lively sense of imagination.