Quick & Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe

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Quick & Easy Macaroni Salad

Sandy Williams


My favorite macaroni salad growing up was from the deli in a G.C. Murphy back in the 50's and 60's. When the deli closed, my mom found a recipe which closely reminded me of the deli's. Tried to duplicate my mother's recipe where she actually made her own mayonnaise, but being a working mother, time restraints did not allow it. So I tried different shortcuts and this one seems to work. My family loves this one and I am asked to bring it to every picnic/party/cookout we go to. I get a lot of compliments on this recipe, so I thought I would share.

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15 Min


35 Min


16 oz
pasta (any shape you enjoy will do)
1 large
vidalia onion, chopped
6 stalk(s)
celery, chopped
8 oz
sweet & sour dressing (i prefer marzetti's)
1 1/2 Tbsp
yellow mustard
1 to 2 c
mayonnaise depending how moist you like your salad
hard boiled eggs, chopped

Directions Step-By-Step

While hard-boiling the eggs, chop the celery and onions.
In a bowl, mix the celery, onions, sweet and sour dressing and mustard. Put in refrigerator to let the flavors meld.
Cook the pasta in salted water per package directions. Be sure not to overcook.
Drain pasta and run under cold water to stop cooking process.
Add to celery/onion mixture and let absorb flavors for a few minutes.
Add enough mayonnaise to get the consistency you prefer and the hard-boiled eggs.
Chill until ready to serve.
If you want to make a low calorie version, both the dressing are in fat-free varieties.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Other Tag: Quick & Easy