Real Recipes From Real Home Cooks ®

mom's macaroni salad

★★★★★ 5
a recipe by
Darci Juris
Scottsdale, AZ

Elbow macaroni, celery, sweet relish, and hard-boiled egg make up my mom’s macaroni salad. Light and flavorful, you think you will eat just one scoop on your plate, but then you find yourself going back for seconds and thirds. Backyard barbecues would not be the same without pairing a macaroni salad with a grilled steak, hamburger, or hot dog.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Yum! What a great macaroni salad for summer BBQ's and picnics. It's a delicious basic macaroni salad recipe everyone should have in their recipe box. There's nothing fancy but the flavors are perfect. We loved the slight sweetness the sweet pickle relish gives the salad. The small amount of mustard balances out the flavor and adds a slight tang. Definitely add this to your menu this summer.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 5
serves 10
prep time 15 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For mom's macaroni salad

  • 1 pkg
    macaroni, elbow (about 12 oz)
  • 4
    eggs, hardboiled
  • 5
    stalks celery
  • 1/4 c
    sweet relish
  • 3/4 c
    good mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp
    yellow mustard
  • dash
    salt and pepper

How To Make mom's macaroni salad

  • Macaroni cooling in a colander.
    Cook macaroni per package instructions. Drain and let cool.
  • Eggs and celery chopped on a cutting board.
    Chop celery and eggs.
  • Eggs, celery, and pasta added to a bowl.
    Add chopped celery, eggs, and macaroni in a large bowl.
  • Mayo, mustard, and relish added to the pasta.
    Mix in mayonnaise, mustard, and relish.
  • Salt and pepper added and everything mixed together.
    Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • A bowl of mom's macaroni salad.