Cajun Macaroni Salad

Creole mustard, pickled okra and a dash of hot sauce lend a Cajun flair to traditional macaroni salad.

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Serving size: 6
Calories per serving: 320

1 small red onion, finely chopped
kosher salt
8 ounces elbow macaroni
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons creole mustard
1/2 cup chopped pickled okra or pickled green beans, plus 1/4 cup brine
1 teaspoon sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons hot sauce
2 bell peppers (1 red, 1 yellow), chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped, plus 1/2 cup chopped leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Soak the red onion in a bowl of ice water for 15 minutes; drain and pat dry. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook as the label directs. Drain, transfer to a bowl and toss with 3 tablespoons milk. Let cool.

Whisk the mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, pickle brine, sugar, hot sauce, remaining 1 tablespoon milk and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add the macaroni, red onion, bell peppers, celery, celery leaves and parsley; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Stir again before serving; season with salt.


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