Deli Mac Salad

Helene Mulvihill


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

★★★★★ 21 votes
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5 Min
10 Min
Stove Top

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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

How to Make Deli Mac Salad


  • 1Heat vinegar and sugar on stove until sugar is dissolved; cool.
  • 2Toss vinegar sugar mixture with macaroni. Refrigerate in freezer bags for several hours to allow it to set.
    *NOTE* After soaking, it's possible for there to be some excess sugar/vinegar mixture, if you find it to be very soupy you can toss it into a colander for a minute to drain some off.
  • 3Toss macaroni with peppers and celery seed. Add mayo to taste. Yummmo!

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About Deli Mac Salad

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