Monday, December 16, 2013

Lady's Choice Christmas Fruit and Nut Twisted Macaroni Salad

Are you done listing all the dishes you will be preparing for the Christmas eve dinner with the family? For me I started to sample some of my ideas and dishes I am going to prepare and one of which is this  Christmas fruit and nut twisted macaroni salad I made, this is also my official entry for Lady's Choice Real Mayonnaise best macaroni salad dish. 

                         Christmas Fruit and Nut Twisted Macaroni Salad

Christmas Fruit and Nut Twisted Macaroni Salad


1   - pack 200 grams twisted Macaroni pasta
1   - cup of Lady's Choice Real Mayonnaise
1   - small can pineapple slices (4 rings)
1/2- cup All-purpose cream (chilled)
1   - small bottle of Maraschino cherries preferably with stalk
2   - tbsp minced white onion
2   - tbsp Julienne strips of carrots
1   - cup rough chop assorted nuts ( almonds, pecan, walnut, and cashew)
1/2- cup candied fruit
1   - tsp sugar
dash of salt and ground white pepper to taste
stalks of parsley to garnish

Cooking instructions:

1. Boil water in a large casserole with a pinch of salt and teaspoon of corn oil or any cooking oil available. Once it started to boil pour in a pack of twisted macaroni pasta, cook until Al dente approximately 6-8 minutes ( or you can follow cooking instruction of the pasta in the package),
2. While the macaroni is cooking it is time to prepare the dressing and other ingredients. 
3. Open a can of pineapple slice, drain and set aside.
4. Mixed one small white onion peeled and chopped ( you can use electric mincer or food processor to have a consistent size of chopped onion and you can save more time too.
5. Peel one small carrot, cut and slice it into Julienne strips. Wash, drain and set aside.
6. Mix assorted nuts (almonds, pecan, walnut, and cashew) rough chop it in a wooden chopping board using the sharp edge of the knife.
7. When macaroni pasta is cooked drain and wash it in a running water to stop the cooking process and also by doing this it will prevent the macaroni to become sticky.
 8. Prepare the macaroni in a large bowl where you can mix everything in it. Pour in all the dry ingredients. First the minced onion, sugar, salt, and pepper, carrots, half portion of the assorted chopped nuts ( leave the other half portion for garnishing).
9. When all dry ingredients are mixed the fun part of mixing the macaroni pasta and Lady's Choice Real Mayonnaise plus the all-purpose cream together. Mix it scooping from top to bottom in a circular motion. Do not over mix. Cover it before placing it inside the refrigerator to chill before serving.
10. Place four crystal pasta bowl just enough, Garnish it with pineapple slice cut into half, sprinkle some chopped nuts and some whole almond nuts and add some candied fruit on the sides. Add a cherry with stalk and garnish it with parsley. 

And there you have it! 

My Christmas Fruit and Nut Twisted Macaroni Salad. 
A lighter version of the typical meat loaded macaroni salad this Christmas season. Best paired with any roast beef or even your favorite barbecue. 

The crunchiness of the assorted nuts and the creaminess of Lady's Choice Real Mayonnaise is just perfect with every spoonful.

You can always substitute nuts depends on what is available, dried seedless raisins can be a substitute instead of candied fruit. 
Serves 4-6.
Cooking and preparation time18-20 minutes. 

Photo entry with watermark by aadelacruzphotography
Camera used: Canon 60D
Lens: 18-135mm

Thank you for reading. A very Merry Christmas to all! :)


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