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Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad

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Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad

This Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad is just like Mom used to make, and it's the perfect summertime potluck dish. This easy macaroni salad is great served hot or chilled, is portable and simple to make for a crowd. Just mix together macaroni noodles, mayonnaise, mustard, relish, and fresh-chopped onions and peppers, and you'll have a homemade macaroni salad that's as tasty as can be. Enjoy this wonderful side this summer or anytime you're searching for a quick-fix, bring-along side dish.

Serves: 10

Ingredients
  • 3 large eggs
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup finely diced celery (about 2 stalks)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced bell pepper, red or green or both
  • 1/2 cup finely diced sweet pickles or pickle relish
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
Instructions
  1. Put eggs into a small pot of water to cover.  Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.  

  2. Drop the eggs into a bowl of ice water to cool, then peel and chop.

  3. In a large pot bring 4 quarts of water and 1 Tablespoon salt to the boil.  Cook macaroni until just tender, 6 – 8 minutes per package directions.  Drain and cool.

  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar and mustard plus salt and pepper until smooth.  Stir in the vegetables.

  5. When pasta has cooled to room temperature, toss with the dressing and vegetables. Add eggs last and stir gently. Taste, adding salt and pepper as desired. 

  6. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 1 day before serving, checking flavors and adding more salt and pepper if needed just before serving.

Notes

This is one of Grandma's favorite recipes! Don't miss the rest in our collection of Grandma's Favorites: 19 Vintage Recipes.

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I couldn't find elbow macaroni so I had to use little tubes. If I had use the recipe as is, 8oz of this pasta would have been swimming in the sauce. I used the whole bag, 16oz, and with another egg or two and 1/4 more of mayo, it was plenty wet enough.

I do believe this is the best macaroni salad I've had to date. The crunchiness of the peppers and celery compliment the tenderness of the macaroni, and the flavor can't be beat. Color me impressed!

I liked the macaroni. I don't like hard-boiled eggs, but everything else was tasty!

Loved the peppers in this dish! A refreshing deli salad for spring or summer.

I couldn't take more than two bites of this. The mayo and egg combination left a terrible aftertaste, so if I ever made it again, I'd try to fix that. Also, I'd omit the onion because that made the flavor even worse.

Perfect recipe and yes, always use Hellman's.

MY MOM USED TO MAKE THIS SHE PUT TINY CANNED SHRIMP IN IT,ALWAYS USED HELLMAN'S MAYO

I prefer Miracle Whip to Mayo can this be substituted? I just don't like the taste of Hellman's... greasy and bland to me.

Please stop the invisible pop up music. It scares the bejeebers out of me and is just plain irritating. I love your site and recipes but not this pop up. You can't even turn it off.

Delicious and lends itself well to whatever else you wish to add. One important footnote-use only Hellman's or Best Food mayo-no low fat, lite, or yogurt! Use only the very best mayo for the best results!

Add diced SPAM and you have a complete summer time lunch. This is how my mom made it 25-30 years ago. I've always loved it!

Ad a can Of drain Red Beans and I love this recipe.

That recipe looks good I guess I'm gonna have to try that one.

sounds good, but what should you do with red peppers?

Use some commen sense. You add the red peppers to the macaroni salad. It is one of the ingredients.

This is just like my Mom's recipe except add chopped cucumbers and black olives. Really delicious!!!!

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