Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad
This classic macaroni salad is perfect for any potluck or party.
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 freshly 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.
Preparation Time15 min
Chilling Time1 hr
Cooking Time20 min
- 3 large eggs
- 1 (8-ounce) package 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
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Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad Recipe
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.
Drop the eggs into a bowl of ice water to cool, then peel and chop.
In a large pot bring 4 quarts of water and 1 Tbsp salt to the boil. Cook macaroni until just tender, 6 – 8 minutes per package directions. Drain and cool.
In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar and mustard plus salt and pepper until smooth. Stir in the vegetables.
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.
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.
What to Eat with Macaroni Salad
Macaroni salad is a traditional potluck recipe, but you can certainly serve it to your family on any weeknight! It's a great way to make a regular dinner feel a little more festive. Here are some of our favorite dishes to serve with macaroni salad -
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