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Most Flavorful Macaroni Salad Recipe

Updated on February 22, 2022
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Ramona has enjoyed cooking and experimenting in the kitchen for the last 20 years. Flavorful food is what it's all about.

Macaroni salad for any day of the week

Macaroni, Pasta Salad

Macaroni/Pasta salad is good anytime. Not just for a Holiday.

But, not all Macaroni salads are good. Depending on the mayo/salad dressing and spices used.

The texture of the Mac Salad is also important. Not to dry, not to watery. Must be creamy. The pasta can't be over or under cooked.

Making a Mac Salad is a very touchy thing. Just because it doesn't work out the first time for you, try again.

Before you go any further Let's talk about Rinsing or not rinsing the macaroni noodles

After boiling and draining the water from the pasta

The choice is yours to Rinse or not Rinse. What is the difference?

1) Rinsing the pasta in cold water after boiling takes the starch off and makes the pasta more smooth.

Sauces tend to slide off the pasta more easily. Wet ingredient's don't soak up as much.

2) Not Rinsing after boiling the pasta, leaves the starch on the pasta which makes the mayonnaise and all other ingredients stick onto the pasta better. Higher measurement's of wet ingredients will need to be used because the starch soaks up all wet ingredients.


  • 3 cups macaroni noodles, boiled & drained
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup zesty pickles, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice, zesty
  • 2 - 3 stalks celery, chopped medium
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 cup Hellman's mayonnaise, or your favorite
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, or Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sweet red bell peppers, chopped small
  • 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 2 tbsp hot dog pickle relish
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp brown mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, optional
  • 1/4 cup 1/2 n 1/2 milk, optional
  • 1/2 can fruit cocktail


*Boil macaroni in one quart water till tender.

* Drain water from pasta ( rinse or don't. Your choice)

* Pour macaroni in favorite bowl, let cool a few minutes

* Mix all ingredients together and let chill or eat right away.


Macaroni Salad usually tastes better after 24 hours because the seasonings and mayonnaise soak up in the pasta and you will probably have to add more mayo and milk because of that.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2015 Ramona


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