Basic Macaroni Salad

Basic Macaroni Salad Recipe

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Tracy Joyner


Sometimes it's the little things that what type of relish to use in your macaroni salad.
I say mix it up a little bit...try chow chow or tomato relish instead of falling back on the old bright green stand-by of sweet pickle relish. I like to use jalapeno relish and spicy /rotissori chicken pieces for a different kick.


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15 Min
10 Min


  • 8 oz
  • 5
    hard boiled eggs
  • 2 stalk(s)
  • 1
    purple onion
  • 8 oz
    frozen peas
  • 1 c
    cheese--shredded or cubed small

  • 1 c
    real mayonaise or miracle whip --your choice
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1-2 Tbsp
    relish of your choice

  • ·
    cubed ham
  • ·
    canned tuna
  • ·
    bell peppers
  • ·
  • ·
    any kind of lunchmeat
  • ·
    spicy chicken

How to Make Basic Macaroni Salad


  1. Cook and drain your macaroni.

    The important thing here is to let the macaroni chill a little bit before mixing everything in. It doesn't have to be cold, but don't stir into it while it's hot.
  2. Start with a LARGE bowl because this recipe tends to 'grow' as you think of things you want to add to it.
  3. The next thing to remember is ...USE YOUR HANDS
    They are the best mixers you've got and will allow you to thoroughly mix the salad without tearing the noodles..and you can better tell when it is mixed well.

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About Basic Macaroni Salad

Course/Dish: Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American

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