deli mac salad

★★★★★ 21
a recipe by
Helene Mulvihill
Magnolia, TX

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!

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

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 21
serves a party
prep time 5 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For deli mac salad

  • 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

  • 1
    Heat vinegar and sugar on stove until sugar is dissolved; cool.
  • 2
    Toss 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.
  • 3
    Toss macaroni with peppers and celery seed. Add mayo to taste. Yummmo!