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mom's macaroni salad

a recipe by
Lisa Foote
Castle Pines, CO

This is a great picnic or BBQ salad. Kids like it because of the colors and cheese. You can add any veggies you like to it, I have added broccoli florets and it was delicious!

serves 8
prep time 20 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For mom's macaroni salad

  • 8 oz
    1- 8 oz. package of small pasta, cooked according to package directions and drained
  • 1/2 lb
    colby or cheddar cheese, cubed in small squares
  • 1 Tbsp
    pimento, chopped
  • 1/2
    medium green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 c
    dill pickle relish
  • 1 c
    broccoli florets, cut in bite sized pieces (optional)
  • 1
    large or 2 small dill pickles cut in small pieces
  • 1/2 can
    celery, diced
  • 1/4 c
    olives, green with pimentos sliced
  • 1/4 c
    black olives, sliced
  • 1/4 c
    onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    shredded carrots

How To Make mom's macaroni salad

  • 1
    Prepare macaroni according to directions on the box. Drain and set aside in a large bowl.
  • 2
    DRESSING: In a medium sized bowl combine for dressing: 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp sugar, 1 c lite mayo and 1/4 cup mustard, brown or yellow. Stir well.
  • 3
    Cut all vegetables into small cubes or bite sized pieces. Add to macaroni in large bowl. Pour dressing over macaroni and other ingredients. Stir gently. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Store leftovers in a tightly sealed container in refrigerator.