Dunkley's Famous Macaroni Salad

Jolayne Cooper


I saw this recipe on Food Network back years ago when it was the Food Channel. This was a recipe shared by a viewer, named Dunkley. I have been making this ever since and it is my favorite pasta salad. It makes a lot of salad, so make it when you will be feeding a crowd. Everyone who has tried it has really liked it. I hope you enjoy.


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40 Min
10 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 pkg
    ditali pasta/elbow macaroni (16-oz)
  • 1 c
    celery, diced
  • 1 c
    red onion, diced
  • 1 c
    yellow or white onion, diced
  • 1 c
    medium cheddar, diced
  • 1 c
    swiss cheese, diced
  • 1/2 c
    parmesan, grated
  • 1 c
    dill pickles, diced
  • 1 c
    salami, diced
  • 1 can(s)
    (6-oz) large pitted black olived, drained (or 1 cup diced or sliced)
  • 1-2 Tbsp
    garlic salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp
    fresh minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp
    dried horseradish
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground white pepper
  • 1-2 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp
    celery salt
  • 1 jar(s)
    (3-oz) diced pimentos, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1 1/2 c

How to Make Dunkley's Famous Macaroni Salad


  1. Cook pasta 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 until cool. Drain well and let it dry out slightly.
  2. Add pasta to a large bowl. Carefully fold in celery, onion, cheddar, Swiss cheese, Parmesan, dill pickles, salami, and olives. Refrigerate the mixture, uncovered, overnight (or for at least 2 hours).
  3. Mix the garlic salt, minced garlic, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, dry mustard and celery salt together. Add to salad. Fold in the pimentos. Fold in 1 cup of mayonnaise to start. Add up to a 1/2 cup more, if needed. Refrigerate again for at least 30 minutes.

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About Dunkley's Famous Macaroni Salad

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #cheese #salami

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