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Amazing Macaroni Salad

Updated on May 1, 2015
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Miriam has been a freelance writer since 2013. Born in Whittier, CA, she now lives in Montclair, CA, with her husband and family.

Mac Salad Just Like Mama Used to Make

Macaroni salad season is here! (Click to Tweet) This recipe is just like my Mama used to make - except no onions because my kids (young adults) still hate them - a sign of immaturity (little do they know they will grow out of it).

Now's the time for cold sandwiches, salads, fresh fruits, and sipping on cool drinks. Here's a great recipe to get you started.

Oh, by the way, the great thing about macaroni salad is that you can change up the ingredients to suit your taste so anything goes. When I was growing up my mom always put lots of vegetables in the macaroni salad. She also added just the right amount of mustard (a dab) to the salad, along with Best Foods Mayonnaise -- it HAD to be Best Foods or nothing - she was super picky.

This recipe can be made with or without eggs. So, if you are Vegan you can substitute cubed tofu for the hard-boiled eggs and use Vegan mayonnaise.

Macaroni salad is good as a light meal or snack to tide you over to the next meal. But it is about summertime, so remember to keep cold salads cold to keep them fresh and safe to eat.

Have The Following Items Ready Before You Start This Recipe

This recipe fills one very large salad bowl, so you may wish to double the recipe.

(In fact, if you double the recipe you can use up the canned veggies!)

  1. 1 pound of salad macaroni (or you may use elbow macaroni or shells)
  2. 1/2 can (1 lb.) small olives, drained and sliced
  3. 1/2 can (1 lb.) sweet peas, drained
  4. 4 medium-sized carrots, peeled, cooked, and cut
  5. 3-4 sliced hard boiled eggs OR 2 cups cubed tofu for Vegans
  6. Yellow mustard, a dollop
  7. Best Foods Mayonnaise, 3-4 large spoons or to taste
  8. Salt & Pepper - to taste
  9. Garlic & Onion Powder- to taste
  10. Paprika, sprinkled on top

Kitchen Tools Needed:

  • One large cook pot
  • Medium-sized pot
  • 2 Kitchen timers
  • One colander
  • One large salad bowl
  • Large spoon and fork
  • Aluminum foil to cover the salad before refrigerating.

Total time: 1-1/2 to 2 hours

Makes 6- 8 generous servings

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Before boiling the macaroni, take out a medium-sized pot to boil the eggs and carrots in.Place the eggs and peeled, halved carrots (not shown in picture) into the pot of cold water . Add a pinch of salt to the water, then start boiling them for abouAfter 20 minutes, check the carrots. You need the carrots cooked firm, not soft or they will be mushy. Take the carrots out, and set aside to cool -- but leave the eggs boiling for another 10 minutes. then turn the pan off and allow the eggs to cool After 10 minutes, turn the burner off the eggs. Drain the pot of eggs, and add cold water to allow the eggs to cool before peeling and slicing them.Prepare to boil 1 lb.of salad macaroni by taking out a large pot and filling it more than 1/2 full of water. Add a pinch of salt to the water, then turn on the flame until the water boils.After the water comes to a boil, add the salad macaroni to the boiling water. Stir the macaroni once or twice while boiling to keep them from clumping together. Read package directions for the macaroni to see how long to set the timer for -- (usuallIf the macaroni is done, turn off the burner.Put on oven mitts to take the pot to the colander in the sink for draining.Rinse well. Pour the rinsed, drained macaroni into a large salad bowl, then set aside.Then, peel the hard-cooked eggs and chop or use an egg slicer to slice the eggs before adding them to the salad bowl.Now, start slicing the cooked carrots then add to the salad bowl of macaroni.Get the bowl with the sweet peas and sliced olives out and add them to the salad bowl.Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.Here is a photo of all the ingredients before adding mayonnaise/Vegennaise.Add Best Foods mayonnaise, about 3 - 4 large salad spoonfuls.For Vegans: Use egg-free mayonnaise, such as Hain's or Vegennaise.You may add sliced eggs and olives to the top, then sprinkle generously with paprika. Here's the final view of the salad with paprika.Keep refrigerated and use with 3-4 days for best results.
Before boiling the macaroni, take out a medium-sized pot to boil the eggs and carrots in.Place the eggs and peeled, halved carrots (not shown in picture) into the pot of cold water . Add a pinch of salt to the water, then start boiling them for abou
Before boiling the macaroni, take out a medium-sized pot to boil the eggs and carrots in. Place the eggs and peeled, halved carrots (not shown in picture) into the pot of cold water . Add a pinch of salt to the water, then start boiling them for abou
After 20 minutes, check the carrots. You need the carrots cooked firm, not soft or they will be mushy. Take the carrots out, and set aside to cool -- but leave the eggs boiling for another 10 minutes. then turn the pan off and allow the eggs to cool
After 20 minutes, check the carrots. You need the carrots cooked firm, not soft or they will be mushy. Take the carrots out, and set aside to cool -- but leave the eggs boiling for another 10 minutes. then turn the pan off and allow the eggs to cool
After 10 minutes, turn the burner off the eggs. Drain the pot of eggs, and add cold water to allow the eggs to cool before peeling and slicing them.
After 10 minutes, turn the burner off the eggs. Drain the pot of eggs, and add cold water to allow the eggs to cool before peeling and slicing them.
Prepare to boil 1 lb.of salad macaroni by taking out a large pot and filling it more than 1/2 full of water. Add a pinch of salt to the water, then turn on the flame until the water boils.
Prepare to boil 1 lb.of salad macaroni by taking out a large pot and filling it more than 1/2 full of water. Add a pinch of salt to the water, then turn on the flame until the water boils.
After the water comes to a boil, add the salad macaroni to the boiling water. Stir the macaroni once or twice while boiling to keep them from clumping together. Read package directions for the macaroni to see how long to set the timer for -- (usuall
After the water comes to a boil, add the salad macaroni to the boiling water. Stir the macaroni once or twice while boiling to keep them from clumping together. Read package directions for the macaroni to see how long to set the timer for -- (usuall
If the macaroni is done, turn off the burner.Put on oven mitts to take the pot to the colander in the sink for draining.Rinse well. Pour the rinsed, drained macaroni into a large salad bowl, then set aside.
If the macaroni is done, turn off the burner.Put on oven mitts to take the pot to the colander in the sink for draining. Rinse well. Pour the rinsed, drained macaroni into a large salad bowl, then set aside.
Then, peel the hard-cooked eggs and chop or use an egg slicer to slice the eggs before adding them to the salad bowl.
Then, peel the hard-cooked eggs and chop or use an egg slicer to slice the eggs before adding them to the salad bowl.
Now, start slicing the cooked carrots then add to the salad bowl of macaroni.
Now, start slicing the cooked carrots then add to the salad bowl of macaroni.
Get the bowl with the sweet peas and sliced olives out and add them to the salad bowl.
Get the bowl with the sweet peas and sliced olives out and add them to the salad bowl.
Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
Here is a photo of all the ingredients before adding mayonnaise/Vegennaise.
Here is a photo of all the ingredients before adding mayonnaise/Vegennaise.
Add Best Foods mayonnaise, about 3 - 4 large salad spoonfuls.For Vegans: Use egg-free mayonnaise, such as Hain's or Vegennaise.
Add Best Foods mayonnaise, about 3 - 4 large salad spoonfuls. For Vegans: Use egg-free mayonnaise, such as Hain's or Vegennaise.
You may add sliced eggs and olives to the top, then sprinkle generously with paprika. Here's the final view of the salad with paprika.Keep refrigerated and use with 3-4 days for best results.
You may add sliced eggs and olives to the top, then sprinkle generously with paprika. Here's the final view of the salad with paprika. Keep refrigerated and use with 3-4 days for best results.

Recipe 4 Amazing Macaroni Salad - Step-by-Step Instructions

Have the olives and sweet peas ready before you start this recipe:

Open the can of peas, drain the water, then pour half the can into a medium-sized bowl.

Do the same with the can of olives, but this time slice the olives before adding them to the sweet peas. Set the bowl in the refrigerator until these are needed.

Before boiling the macaroni, take out a medium-sized pot to boil the eggs and carrots in.Place the eggs and peeled, halved carrots (not shown in picture) into the pot of cold water . Add a pinch of salt to the water, then start boiling them for abou
Before boiling the macaroni, take out a medium-sized pot to boil the eggs and carrots in. Place the eggs and peeled, halved carrots (not shown in picture) into the pot of cold water . Add a pinch of salt to the water, then start boiling them for abou

Instructions:

1. Before boiling the macaroni, take out a medium-sized pot to boil the eggs and carrots in.

Place the eggs and peeled, halved carrots (not shown in picture) into the pot of cold water . Add a pinch of salt to the water, then start boiling them for about 20 minutes -- set your timer.

After 20 minutes, check the carrots. You need the carrots cooked firm, not soft or they will be mushy. Take the carrots out, and set aside to cool -- but leave the eggs boiling for another 10 minutes. then turn the pan off and allow the eggs to cool
After 20 minutes, check the carrots. You need the carrots cooked firm, not soft or they will be mushy. Take the carrots out, and set aside to cool -- but leave the eggs boiling for another 10 minutes. then turn the pan off and allow the eggs to cool

2. After 20 minutes, check the carrots. You need the carrots cooked firm, not soft or they will be mushy. Take the carrots out, and set aside to cool -- but leave the eggs boiling for another 10 minutes. then turn the pan off and allow the eggs to cool in cold water.

After 10 minutes, turn the burner off the eggs. Drain the pot of eggs, and add cold water to allow the eggs to cool before peeling and slicing them.
After 10 minutes, turn the burner off the eggs. Drain the pot of eggs, and add cold water to allow the eggs to cool before peeling and slicing them.

3. After 10 minutes, turn the burner off the eggs. Drain the pot of eggs, and add cold water to allow the eggs to cool before peeling and slicing them.

Prepare to boil 1 lb.of salad macaroni by taking out a large pot and filling it more than 1/2 full of water. Add a pinch of salt to the water, then turn on the flame until the water boils.
Prepare to boil 1 lb.of salad macaroni by taking out a large pot and filling it more than 1/2 full of water. Add a pinch of salt to the water, then turn on the flame until the water boils.

4. Prepare to boil 1 lb.of salad macaroni by taking out a large pot and filling it more than 1/2 full of water.

Add a pinch of salt to the water, then turn on the flame until the water boils.

After the water comes to a boil, add the salad macaroni to the boiling water. Stir the macaroni once or twice while boiling to keep them from clumping together. Read package directions for the macaroni to see how long to set the timer for -- (usuall
After the water comes to a boil, add the salad macaroni to the boiling water. Stir the macaroni once or twice while boiling to keep them from clumping together. Read package directions for the macaroni to see how long to set the timer for -- (usuall

5. After the water comes to a boil, add the salad macaroni to the boiling water. Stir the macaroni once or twice while boiling to keep them from clumping together.

Read package directions for the macaroni to see how long to set the timer for -- (usually it is about 10 minutes), and set the timer AFTER the water in the pot comes to a second boil.

Place a colander in the sink to drain and rinse the macaroni when it is done.

When the timer rings, taste the macaroni to be sure it is cooked al dente (firm, not hard).

If the macaroni is done, turn off the burner.Put on oven mitts to take the pot to the colander in the sink for draining.Rinse well. Pour the rinsed, drained macaroni into a large salad bowl, then set aside.
If the macaroni is done, turn off the burner.Put on oven mitts to take the pot to the colander in the sink for draining. Rinse well. Pour the rinsed, drained macaroni into a large salad bowl, then set aside.

6. If the macaroni is done, turn off the burner.Put on oven mitts to take the pot to the colander in the sink for draining.

Rinse well.

Pour the rinsed, drained macaroni into a large salad bowl, then set aside.

Then, peel the hard-cooked eggs and chop or use an egg slicer to slice the eggs before adding them to the salad bowl.
Then, peel the hard-cooked eggs and chop or use an egg slicer to slice the eggs before adding them to the salad bowl.

7. Then, peel the hard-cooked eggs and chop or use an egg slicer to slice the eggs before adding them to the salad bowl.

Now, start slicing the cooked carrots then add to the salad bowl of macaroni.
Now, start slicing the cooked carrots then add to the salad bowl of macaroni.

8. Now, start slicing the cooked carrots then add to the salad bowl of macaroni.

Get the bowl with the sweet peas and sliced olives out and add them to the salad bowl.
Get the bowl with the sweet peas and sliced olives out and add them to the salad bowl.

9. Get the bowl with the sweet peas and sliced olives out and add them to the salad bowl.

Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.

10. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.

Here is a photo of all the ingredients before adding mayonnaise/Vegennaise.
Here is a photo of all the ingredients before adding mayonnaise/Vegennaise.

11. Here is a photo of all the ingredients before adding mayonnaise/Vegennaise.

Add Best Foods mayonnaise, about 3 - 4 large salad spoonfuls.For Vegans: Use egg-free mayonnaise, such as Hain's or Vegennaise.
Add Best Foods mayonnaise, about 3 - 4 large salad spoonfuls. For Vegans: Use egg-free mayonnaise, such as Hain's or Vegennaise.

12. Add Best Foods mayonnaise, about 3 - 4 large salad spoonfuls.

For Vegans: Use egg-free mayonnaise, such as Hain's or Vegennaise.

You may add sliced eggs and olives to the top, then sprinkle generously with paprika. Here's the final view of the salad with paprika.Keep refrigerated and use with 3-4 days for best results.
You may add sliced eggs and olives to the top, then sprinkle generously with paprika. Here's the final view of the salad with paprika. Keep refrigerated and use with 3-4 days for best results.

13. You may add sliced eggs and olives to the top, then sprinkle generously with paprika.

Here's the final view of the salad with paprika.

Keep refrigerated and use with 3-4 days for best results.

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Nutritional Facts for Amazing Macaroni Salad

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/8 recipe
Calories 384
Calories from Fat153
% Daily Value *
Fat 17 g26%
Carbohydrates 47 g16%
Sugar 88 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 12 g24%
Cholesterol 55 mg18%
Sodium 561 mg23%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      Miriam Parker 2 years ago from Montclair, CA. 91763

      I'm glad you tried using them, they give the salad a nice, sweet taste.

      =)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Never used carrots in the recipe, but it does look good. Found this on Twitter :)