Tuna Macaroni Salad - @ 02:03 pm
Almost every other Friday growing up my mother would serve the family this tuna macaroni salad. With six kids she loved this standard; it was easy to make, filling, relatively inexpensive, and best, we all gobbled it up. Note that I have attempted to make this salad with a lettuce other than iceberg lettuce and it just doesn't work. Iceberg has a high water content and a firm enough structure to hold this salad together, so it really is the best option for this salad.
1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
1 teaspoon salt
1 quart water
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 cup chopped red, orange, and or yellow bell peppers, seeded and de-stemmed
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, packed
2 cans of tuna, if buying from Trader Joe's get the tuna packed in olive oil (do not drain), if not, get tuna packed in water, drain the water out and add 2-3 Tbsp olive oil.
2 stalks of celery, chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed
1/4-1/3 a head of iceberg lettuce, sliced first and roughly chopped into 2 inch long strips
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon paprika (we use sweet Hungarian)
Fresh ground pepper
1 In a saucepan, add 1 cup of elbow macaroni to 1 quart of boiling water with an added teaspoon of salt. Simmer either covered or uncovered for about 10 minutes until the macaroni is just a little more cooked than al dente. When ready, remove from heat, drain and rinse with cold water.
2 While the macaroni is cooking, assemble the other ingredients. In a large bowl mix the green onion, bell peppers, parsley, tuna, celery and lemon. Fold in the iceberg lettuce and mayonnaise until well mixed. Add the paprika. Add fresh ground pepper to taste.
Eat up. This salad does not make good leftovers as the lettuce will eventually get soggy.