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Creamy Macaroni Salad Recipe

Greetings, pasta lovers! Are you ready to dive into a timeless classic that’s perfect for picnics, potlucks, or any occasion that calls for a deliciously satisfying dish? As someone who appreciates the simplicity and versatility of comfort food, I’m excited to share with you a mouthwatering recipe for the ultimate creamy macaroni salad. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with a medley of flavors and textures that will leave you craving for more!

Creamy Macaroni Salad Recipe:


  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely minced onion (dehydrated onion can be used)
  • 2 tablespoons sweet relish
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 dash paprika
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt


  1. In a large pot, bring 3 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt.
  2. Gradually add the dry elbow macaroni to the boiling water.
  3. Return to a boil and cook the macaroni uncovered for 6-8 minutes, or until al dente.
  4. Drain the cooked macaroni well and rinse it with cold water. Drain again thoroughly.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients: mayonnaise, chopped celery, chopped carrot, chopped hard-boiled egg, minced onion, sweet relish, dry ground mustard, salt, and black pepper.
  6. Place the cooked macaroni in a large bowl and toss it well with the other ingredients until evenly coated.
  7. Sprinkle the top of the salad with a dash of paprika for an extra burst of flavor.
  8. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the macaroni salad until chilled and ready to serve.

Get ready to enjoy a creamy and satisfying macaroni salad that’s perfect for any occasion!

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

  1. Can I use other types of pasta besides elbow macaroni?
    • Yes, you can use other short pasta shapes such as penne, rotini, or bowties if preferred. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  2. Can I add other vegetables or ingredients to the salad?
    • Absolutely! Feel free to customize the salad with your favorite vegetables or add-ins such as diced bell peppers, peas, or cooked ham for extra flavor and texture.
  3. Can I substitute Greek yogurt for mayonnaise to make the salad healthier?
    • Yes, you can use Greek yogurt as a lighter alternative to mayonnaise for a healthier version of the salad. Just keep in mind that the flavor and texture may be slightly different.
  4. How long can I store leftovers of this macaroni salad in the refrigerator?
    • Leftover macaroni salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Make sure to give it a stir before serving to redistribute the dressing.
  5. Can I make this salad ahead of time for a party or gathering?
    • Yes, this macaroni salad is perfect for making ahead of time. In fact, it often tastes even better after the flavors have had a chance to meld together in the refrigerator.
  6. Is it necessary to rinse the cooked macaroni with cold water?
    • Rinsing the macaroni with cold water helps stop the cooking process and prevents it from becoming mushy. It also cools down the pasta quickly for making the salad.
  7. What can I serve alongside this macaroni salad?
    • This creamy macaroni salad pairs well with grilled meats, sandwiches, or as a side dish for barbecue parties, picnics, or potlucks.
  8. Can I adjust the seasoning to suit my taste preferences?
    • Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the amount of salt, pepper, or other seasonings according to your personal taste preferences.

Helpful Tips:

  1. Cook Pasta Al Dente: Be careful not to overcook the pasta; it should be cooked just until al dente to maintain a firm texture in the salad.
  2. Add Dressing Gradually: Start by adding a portion of the dressing to the macaroni and mix well. Add more dressing as needed until the pasta is evenly coated without being overly saturated.
  3. Add Crunchy Elements: For added texture, consider adding ingredients like diced pickles, chopped nuts, or crispy bacon bits to the salad for a satisfying crunch.
  4. Garnish Before Serving: Sprinkle a little extra paprika or chopped fresh herbs on top of the salad just before serving for a pop of color and flavor.

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