Creamy Curry Macaroni Salad

Posted by Noelle on April 14th, 2012
Categories: Pasta, Salads, Sides
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Summer is almost here! I can barely contain my joy these days when I walk outside in the morning and feel the warm sun beating against my face. Even though it's still chilly enough that I need to don my favorite thick brown sweatshirt, the sunshine itself is enough to remind me that the gray days of winter are over and the warm days filled with buzzing bees will soon be here. I love living here in the north where we go through the seasons, year-after-year, it really makes me appreciate it when the seasons change. Now we are in the midst of spring with the flowers blooming in all their glory, the trees unfurling their leaves, the grass returning to it's vibrant green lushness, you get the idea... But maybe it wouldn't look so stunning to me if I was spoiled and had it year round, ok I did say maybe 🙂 Here we get to see all of these amazing changes happen right before our eyes and over the course of a few weeks we go from cold constant grey to brimming life at every seam. It truly is amazing. So all of this means one thing...summer is on it's way. I already have picnics and dinners outside on the deck planned in my head. Pitchers of iced tea, seitan kebabs on the grill, mmmm! One of my most favorite sides for summer is macaroni salad. And as you know I like to experiment with flavors, a lot. Sometimes my family enjoys it, sometimes they cringe when I start whipping together ingredients like a mad scientist. This one was not too hard to sell, we love curry and we love macaroni salad. So I married them. There wasn't an official ceremony or anything, but the food at the reception was amazing... Now I can say that not only do I love macaroni salad, but I love creamy curry macaroni salad. It's something different, a twist if you will on the faithful standard. It doesn't stray too far from the original, but it travels just enough to make it an interesting and delicious ride. Happy almost summer to you all 🙂

Ingredients:

Directions:

Place the pasta, vegetables, and cilantro in a large bowl, tossing gently to combine. In a separate small bowl whisk together the Vegenaise, curry, agave, and vinegar until the curry has dissolved into the liquids. Pour over pasta and stir gently with a wooden spoon or spoonula until the pasta and veggies are fully coated in creamy curry goodness. Taste, add salt and pepper as needed. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or longer to get the salad chilled and give the flavors a chance to marry. Serves 6 as a wonderful summer side.