It may look like a standard macaroni salad, but this recipe delivers a tanginess and flavorful bite that elevates the backyard staple beyond the norm. [Photographs: Joshua Bousel]

If you want nothing more than heavy, mayo-laden pasta, the ubiquitous deli macaroni salad is for you. This recipe, however, takes the standard and gives it a depth and tang that makes it stand out in a crowd.

Why this recipe works:

  • Boiling the pasta until very tender allows it to absorb the vinegar and dressing better; it firms up once cold so won’t taste overcooked.
  • Sour cream, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, and hot sauce give this dressing more depth than the standard macaroni salad.
  • Celery, shallots, and scallions give a crunchy texture.


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