The arrival of the holidays necessitates food that is as bright and colorful as the season itself. Filipinos are famous for having one of the world’s longest Christmas seasons. While most people begin their Christmas preparations in December, Christmas carols and yuletide plans can often begin as early as September! It’s no secret that Filipinos adore Christmas for a variety of reasons, one of which is the opportunity to spend time with all of their loved ones. Despite the world’s unusual circumstances, nothing should prevent us from having a joyous and healthy holiday season. This is especially true when tasty food is on the table! Today’s macaroni salad will undoubtedly add some festive cheer to the table.
Filipino Macaroni Salad
What is the first thing that comes to mind when we say macaroni salad? Macaroni salad is a popular side dish to any hearty and rich meat. We frequently see macaroni salad on someone’s plate at family gatherings and barbecues, alongside a huge slab of juicy, tender meat. Macaroni salad does an excellent job of cutting through all those rich flavors, preventing umay and instead providing something bright and refreshing to your palate. Some people add chicken shreds to this dish to add an extra layer of flavor! This cold, light, and creamy side dish is a favorite of many people all over the world.
However, in the Philippines, macaroni salad can mean something entirely different! While the creamy flavor you love remains in its original form, the other ingredients in this salad are quite different.In today’s macaroni salad, we’re channeling the classic Filipino sweet tooth. Here are the components.
The sauce for this dish is made up of Lady’s Choice real mayonnaise, condensed milk, and all-purpose cream. Does that sound strange? Don’t dismiss it until you’ve given it a shot! It may sound like an odd combination at first, but the end result is a sweet, creamy baked macaroni that you won’t be able to get enough of. The slight tanginess of the mayonnaise complements the sweetness of the condensed milk, and the addition of all-purpose cream creates a velvety texture and delicious flavor!
Colorful, Rich, and Sweet
You can’t go wrong with a splash of color to get us in the holiday spirit! This is where your coco nata comes in. We’ll be using two different colors of nata de coco in today’s macaroni salad. Can you figure out what they are? Yes, red and green are ideal for spreading holiday cheer! While there is no taste difference between these two colors, the sight of them makes all the difference. After all, good food is about more than just taste; it’s also about presentation! Your macaroni salad will be stunning with the addition of these different nata de coco.
Furthermore, sharp cheddar cheese perfectly balances the creamy, nutty flavors of your macaroni salad. It’s a good idea to vary your flavors to avoid being overwhelmed by the richness of this dish. Adding kaong and fruit cocktail to your macaroni salad adds a vibrant layer of textures. Each bite will be a flavor explosion in your mouth. What’s not to love about this?
How to Make Macaroni Salad
This macaroni salad is an easy, breezy treat that you can whip up in no time for all of your holiday party tray needs! What’s most important is that you allow enough time for it to chill for at least an hour before your guests and loved ones arrive. Your macaroni salad is best served cold, so make it as cold as possible! Whether as a quick appetizer, snack, or dessert, your family will devour spoonful after spoonful of this delectable treat.
There aren’t many ingredients for this dish, and preparation time will be limited. The only ingredients that require preparation are the cheese, nata de coco, kaong, and fruit cocktail. The first ingredient requires dicing your cheese into smaller pieces, while the rest of the ingredients will need to be drained before cooking.
Make this macaroni salad with me! After cooking your macaroni noodles according to package directions, combine your sauce ingredients. You’ll need 250 mL of all-purpose cream, 300 mL of condensed milk, and 470 mL of Lady’s Choice Mayonnaise. Combine all of these ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Make sure you’ve combined all of the ingredients as thoroughly as possible. Then, combine the kaong, nata de coco, fruit cocktail, and cheese in a mixing bowl. Mix your macaroni salad ingredients together once more before adding the macaroni itself!
Toss and mix your macaroni salad until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. When you’re finished, wrap the bowl in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge. Allow your salad to cool for at least one hour while you prepare the rest of the dishes you intend to serve. If you’re looking for a new salad to try, why not try this Chicken Potato Salad?
When your guests arrive, remove your macaroni salad from the fridge and serve it chilled to everyone’s delight. Share this recipe with your loved ones and let us know what they thought of this creamy comfort food!
- 500 grams elbow macaroni
- 470 ml Lady’s Choice real mayonnaise
- 300 ml condensed milk
- 250 ml all-purpose cream
- 250 grams sharp cheddar cheese diced
- 250 grams nata de coco red, drained
- 250 grams nata de coco green, drained
- 350 grams kaong (sugar palm) drained
- 850 grams fruit cocktail drained
Cook macaroni based on package instructions. Set aside.
Combine all-purpose cream, condensed milk, and Lady’s Choice Mayonnaise in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
Add kaong, nata de coco, fruit cocktail, and cheese. Mix well.
Put the cooked macaroni into the bowl with the other ingredients. Toss until well blended.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Serve chilled. Share and enjoy!
What is Macaroni Salad, and why is it a popular holiday dish?
Macaroni salad is a cold pasta salad made with cooked macaroni noodles, typically mixed with mayonnaise, various vegetables, and seasonings. It’s a popular holiday dish because it’s versatile, can be made in advance, and is a favorite at potlucks and gatherings.
What are the key ingredients for making Macaroni Salad for the holidays?
The main ingredients for macaroni salad include cooked macaroni noodles, mayonnaise, vegetables (such as carrots, bell peppers, and onions), mustard, vinegar, sweet pickle relish, and seasonings like salt and pepper.
Can I make Macaroni Salad ahead of time, and how do I store it for the holidays?
Yes, macaroni salad is a great make-ahead dish. To store it, place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s recommended to make it a few hours or even a day before serving to allow the flavors to meld.
How can I customize my Macaroni Salad for the holidays?
You can customize your macaroni salad by adding extras like diced hard-boiled eggs, chopped ham, or shredded cheese. Some people like to include fruits like pineapple tidbits or apple chunks for a sweeter twist.
What are some tips for making a delicious and creamy Macaroni Salad?
To ensure a creamy macaroni salad, make sure to use enough mayonnaise, but not so much that it becomes too heavy. Also, be cautious with the salt, as you can always add more if needed but can’t easily remove excess salt. Finally, don’t overcook the macaroni noodles; they should be al dente so they don’t become mushy in the salad.