Old-Fashioned Creamy Macaroni Salad

Old-Fashioned Creamy Macaroni Salad

America has been having a love affair with pasta salad since at least 1920, when early recipes began appearing in American cookbooks. At first, the salads were mainly side dishes in diners and delis, but eventually they achieved much higher status to become rock stars of the picnic buffet table. To give these salads “gourmet’ allure, the standard elbow macaroni was replaced with more “exotic” pasta shapes, such as penne, farfalle, cavatappi, fusilli, radiator, gemili, and conchiglie. And the simple mayonnaise or vinaigrette dressing took on bold new flavor profiles.