Hot Dogs with Salads

Last night, Adam and I had both of our Mom's over with our younger siblings. We grilled up Brats, and Hot Dogs, and then had some salads.

Macaroni Salad (From:
  • 2 cups cooked macaroni
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup ham - cooked and cubed
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

In a large bowl, combine first 6 ingredients. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add to macaroni mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve, flavors will blend together as it chills.

***Tips: I left out the hard boiled egg, I diced the cheese instead of using shredded. It seemed to be lacking some kind of spice, not sure what. So mess with it a little if you are to try it.

Chicken Salad (Made by my Mom, From: Leslie)
For the Chicken Salad:

  • 1 cooked rotisserie chicken torn or cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2-3 stalks of celery (I diced mine small)
  • 1 granny smith apple (diced small)
  • 1 breaborn or honeycrisp apple (diced small)
  • 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1 c crumbled or diced white cheddar cheese

Toss dressing over the above ingredients, sprinkle with a little more fresh ground pepper and eat!

Dressing: Maple Mustard Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 c apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 shallots, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon smooth dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Course ground mustard
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup (the "real" stuff)
  • 1 c vegetable oil (olive oil doesn't work well)

Combine everything except the oil in a blender. Once blended completely, add oil in a slow stream. The dressing is also wonderful for glazing pork chops or chicken on the grill.

**Tips: My mom forgot to put the bacon and it was still an amazing salad. Also, she made this salad on Saturday and brought it to our house we had a taste and it was wonderful. We then stored it in the fridge until we ate last night, it was still good but not as good as the previous day. So I would make the day of to eat.

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