Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad Recipe

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Rhianna JT


My son begs my grandma to make this salad on a regular basis. If I make it, he says it's not G.G.'s mac salad. I'm posting it as she makes it.

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40 Min


1 pkg
16 oz. salad macaroni
1 c
celery, diced
1/2 c
red onion, diced
sweet onion, diced
1 c
smoked cheddar cheese, diced
1 c
gouda cheese, diced
1/2 c
parmesan cheese, grated
1 c
dill pickley, diced small
1 c
dry salami, diced
1 c
sliced black olives
1 Tbsp
minced garlic
1/4 tsp
horseradish, prepared
1/2 tsp
white pepper, ground
1 tsp
black pepper, ground
1/2 tsp
cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp
dry mustard
garlic salt or regular sea salt, to taste
1/4 tsp
celery salt
3 oz. jar diced pimentos, rinsed and drained
3 Tbsp
capers, diced


1Add 2 quarts of water to a medium stockpot and bring to a boil.Add macaroni and cook until it is al dente, approximately 9 minutes.Do not overcook the pasta or it will fall apart when the salad is tossed together.Rinse macaroni until cool.
2Add pasta to a large bowl. Carefully fold in celery, onion, cheddar, Swiss cheese, Parmesan, dill pickles, salami, pimentos, capers, and black olives. Refrigerate the mixture, covered, overnight (or refrigerate for at least 2 hours).
3Mix the garlic salt (or the sea salt), minced garlic, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, dry mustard, celery salt and 1 cup of mayonnaise in a bowl until well combined. Taste to dressing to make sure the seasonings are to your liking and adjust where needed. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
4Add the pimentos to the salad and the dressing, stir to combine add 1/2 cup or more of mayonnaise if needed.

About Macaroni Salad

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Other Tag: For Kids