Quick & Easy Macaroni Salad

Quick & Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe

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Sandy Williams


My favorite macaroni salad growing up was from the deli in a G.C. Murphy back in the 50's and 60's. When the deli closed, my mom found a recipe which closely reminded me of the deli's. Tried to duplicate my mother's recipe where she actually made her own mayonnaise, but being a working mother, time restraints did not allow it. So I tried different shortcuts and this one seems to work. My family loves this one and I am asked to bring it to every picnic/party/cookout we go to. I get a lot of compliments on this recipe, so I thought I would share.

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15 Min
35 Min


16 oz
pasta (any shape you enjoy will do)
1 large
vidalia onion, chopped
6 stalk(s)
celery, chopped
8 oz
sweet & sour dressing (i prefer marzetti's)
1 1/2 Tbsp
yellow mustard
1 to 2 c
mayonnaise depending how moist you like your salad
hard boiled eggs, chopped

How to Make Quick & Easy Macaroni Salad


  • 1While hard-boiling the eggs, chop the celery and onions.
  • 2In a bowl, mix the celery, onions, sweet and sour dressing and mustard. Put in refrigerator to let the flavors meld.
  • 3Cook the pasta in salted water per package directions. Be sure not to overcook.
  • 4Drain pasta and run under cold water to stop cooking process.
  • 5Add to celery/onion mixture and let absorb flavors for a few minutes.
  • 6Add enough mayonnaise to get the consistency you prefer and the hard-boiled eggs.
    Chill until ready to serve.
  • 7If you want to make a low calorie version, both the dressing are in fat-free varieties.

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About Quick & Easy Macaroni Salad

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Other Tag: Quick & Easy