Deli Mac Salad

Helene Mulvihill Recipe

By Helene Mulvihill WeBakeinTX

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Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Stove Top

This is a family recipe from my husbands family. They owned a deli in NJ many years ago, and this is the mac salad that they made. yummm! Very big hit too!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
It can be difficult to replicate the flavor and texture of authentic deli mac... but this recipe pulls it off beautifully!


1 lb
elbow macaroni, cooked al dente
1 c
white vinegar
1 c
white sugar
1 c
finely chopped bell pepper
1 Tbsp
celery seed
2 or 3
big globs of mayo

Directions Step-By-Step

heat vinegar and sugar on stove until sugar is disolved, cool
toss vinegar sugar mixture with macaroni. refridgerate in freezer bags for several hours to allow it to set
*NOTE* After soaking its possible for there to be some excess sugar/vinegar mixture, if you find it to be very soupy you can toss it into a collander for a minute to drain some off.
toss macaroni with peppers and celery seed, add mayo to taste. yummmo!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta Sides, Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Collection: Member's Choice
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #TAILGATE, #picnic

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Jun 23, 2015 - Bonnie D. shared this recipe with discussion group: TRIED & TRUE RECIPES (TNT).
Jul 1, 2014 - Cindy Smith Bryson shared this recipe with discussion group: Techno OR Not?
Thea Pappalardo Sassy01
Jun 6, 2013
Mine is in the fridge marinating. I'll finish making it tomorrow. Love it!!
Stephanie Dodd skeen
Jun 6, 2013
I am making it again for a cookout this weekend!
Jan Bartholome 2HandsForHim
Jun 6, 2013
I wish I could give this recipe five stars for each of the different ways I've fixed it: original recipe, with chicken, with shrimp, adding extra veggies and black olives, etc. It is so versatile and so good. Not to mention that it's easy to make.

I wasn't a fan of macaroni salad before. This one changed my mind. I've lost count of the number of people who have begged me for a copy of the recipe. I have resisted the temptation to put MY name on it and bask in all the compliments! hehehe! I always put Helene's name at the top!
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