As a mother, and now a grandmother, family and home are very important to me. Some of my favorites memories are of being in the kitchen and cooking with my own mom. Having a good meal over the dinner table with family is priceless! But, making it happen is hard work. I wanted to share with you some of my secrets, tasty dishes, and cooking wisdom. So, that your dinner table will become a gathering place for your own family that they too will come to cherish.....Yours truly, Mystery Mom.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Macaroni Salad with Shrimp

     Yes, summer is just around the corner, and just thinking about summertime foods gives you a craving for a Macaroni salad.  Whether it's picnics, potlucks, BBQ's, or a cool addition to a hot summer evening meal; a Macaroni salad that tastes other than just mayonnaise is always a welcome treat!


Macaroni Salad with Shrimp
16 oz. box of pasta shells
8oz. can of good quality peas
(save 1/8 cup of the reserve juice from peas)
1 small can of black olives
20 medium sized shrimp cooked
2 Plum Tomatoes
1 green Bell Pepper
1/2 Red Onion
1 1/2 Cup of Mayonnaise
1 Package of Dry Italian Seasoning Mix
1/2 Teaspoon of Black pepper
1/2 Teaspoon of Dill

     Now as part of the preparation you will need to do the following:
          Cook the Shrimp, and when done cut them in 1/2, then set aside to cool.
          Boil the Macaroni, rinse them thoroughly afterwards to get off all the excess starch,
               then set them aside to cool a bit.
          Open the can of peas, drain the peas, but save 1/8 of a cup of the reserve juice.
          Seed, and dice the 2 Tomatoes
          Seed, and dice  the Bell Pepper.
          Drain the small can of Olives.
          Cut, and dice up the 1/2 Red Onion.
     Now, you are ready to create your masterpiece.
     
In a large measuring cup, mix the dry Italian seasoning mix, the pepper ,dill and mayonnaise together.  You can put it in the refrigerator briefly when you are done to add a chill to it.  But it is not vital to the recipe.
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Then, in a large bowl you are going to dump in the Macaroni, Bell Pepper, Tomatoes, Olives, Onion,  Peas, and the 1/8 cup of reserve juice.
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Now, take the mayonnaise mixture out of the refrigerator and pour it into the bowl.  Add in the Shrimp,  Then stir until all the ingredients are thoroughly covered in the mixture.  Once it is to your liking,  pour it into a Tupperware container or glass bowl and tightly cover.  The salad is best  if it is allowed to refrigerate and set over night.
     

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