Macaroni or Potato Salad, It's a Southern Thang

Barbara Scott


Always a big hit at parties and family gatherings. The cucumber gives it a surprisingly fresh taste. I just made a HUGE batch to take to a pig roast tomorrow. Enjoy.


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20 Min
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  • 2
    16 oz. boxes of jumbo macaroni or penne pasta
  • 1
    large onion, finely chopped
  • 1
    lg. green pepper, chopped kind of small
  • 6
    stalks of celery, slit down the middle and chopped
  • 1
    dozen hard boiled eggs, minus yolks
  • 1
    medium cucumber, seeded and finely chopped
  • ·
  • 2 1/2
    cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2
    cup plus 2 tbsp. sweet pickle juice
  • 1/2
    cup plus 1 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 3
    tbsp. sweet pickle relish
  • 1
    tsp. apple cider vinegar

How to Make Macaroni or Potato Salad, It's a Southern Thang


  1. Cook pasta per directions in large stock pot with liberally salted water. Hard boil a dozen eggs. Run cold water over them and peel.
  2. Mix dressing and let sit until everything is ready to be mixed.
  3. I know there are differences of opinion on whether to rinse the cooked pasta but I do mine. So, rinse pasta in cold water and thoroughly drain. Add in chopped ingredients and mix with dressing. NOTE: This is better if made the day before needed.
  4. NOTE: If salad is dry the next day just make up 1/2 or whole dressing recipe to add and toss. ALSO, you can use potatoes instead of pasta and it's just as good. :)

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About Macaroni or Potato Salad, It's a Southern Thang

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom

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