Best Macaroni Salad Recipe

Macaroni Salad- A Requirement for Any Respectable Summer Gathering

When outdoor grilling, summer holidays, picnics, and family reunions come to mind, so does macaroni salad. Macaroni salad is a food staple on outdoor dining menus. And no wonder- macaroni salad is delicious, easy to make, and easy to transport. Macaroni salad is also inexpensive.

Macaroni salad isn't limited to just the summer months. Macaroni salad is also a popular recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.

Read on for the recipe for the world's best macaroni salad recipe ever.

World's Best Classic Macaroni Salad Recipe

2 1/4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

4 hard-cooked eggs, diced

1/2 cup diced onion or green onion

2 diced celery stalks

2 tablespoons dill pickle relish

2 cups salad dressing, not mayonnaise

3 tablespoons yellow mustard

1/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons vinegar

1 teaspoon celery salt

Dash paprika, sprinkled on top for presentation

Add macaroni to a pot of boiling water. Cook the macaroni according to package directions, or til tender. Drain and let cool.

While the macaroni is cooking, mix the next 4 ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix together the salad dressing, mustard, sugar, vinegar, and celery salt in a separate bowl. Mix the contents of the two bowls together. Add the macaroni and stir gently until well blended.

Cover the macaroni salad and refrigerate overnight to marry the flavors and so that the macaroni will absorb the dressing. Sprinkle paprika on top of the macaroni salad just before serving.

Makes 8 servings

Addition suggestions- Cubed ham, cubed cheddar cheese, chopped tomatoes, chopped red or green peppers or both (using both red and green peppers makes a great presentation dish for Christmas), green peas, dash of hot sauce or garlic powder

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John D Lee 9 years ago

Man, BBQ and macaroni salad. The perfect combination. Thanks for the recipe.

Andy 8 years ago

What kind of salad dressing are they talking about.

cindy 7 years ago

what kind of salad dressing?

Moo 7 years ago

I'm guessing any kind of salad dressing is fine. My favorite is Ranch, so I'd probably put in Ranch salad dressing. ;p

Lisa 7 years ago

By salad dressing they are talking about Kraft Miracle Whip (it is kind of like Mayonnaise but different flavour).

kia 6 years ago

There is a mayo type called salad dressing. It's sort of sweet.

pam archibald 6 years ago

mix miracle whip & french dressing to taste mmmmmmm :)

mr dude the man 6 years ago

wheres the tuna????

andy 6 years ago

hi what should i say its awsome

beth 6 years ago

best macaroni salad ever!!

Nicole 6 years ago

Added green peppers & used sweet relish instead of dill. It turned out awesome. Great recipe and very quick & easy to make.

cookingmama411 6 years ago

i need a recipe like this for a party, will definately try this =]

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sweetgirl 6 years ago from irbid

You made me hungry

Becky 5 years ago

I was kinda skeptical about this being the best macaroni salad recipe at first. Then I made it to take to a food day at work. There was none left to bring home! So I made it a second time to take to work and doubled the recipe. Once again there was none left. This is the best recipe! Thanks for sharing! :)

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lola_14 5 years ago from kuwait

wow love it so much i could taste it already :P


Jucopple 5 years ago

Great Taste...Will make again

zohra 5 years ago

it was a delicious recipe.i use to eat it every week

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