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Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad



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

  • 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
  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.


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Mar 13, 2015

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!


Mar 12, 2015

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


14 Ratings

Mar 12, 2015

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


Mar 11, 2015

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.


Jun 8, 2014

Perfect recipe and yes, always use Hellman's.


May 7, 2014



Feb 17, 2014

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.


Feb 1, 2014

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.


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