Macaroni Salad is a staple at summer gatherings and family reunions. This is served much like potato salad – cold and a perfect accompaniment to picnics and barbecues.
Macaroni Salad is one of my mother’s favorite dishes but I have to be honest here, until a few years ago, I had never tried it. ~waits for the collective gasp~ I know, I know, I’m a horrible person who has lived a wasted life. Thanks to my sister in law, Tina, I can now say that I am a card carrying member of the macaroni salad fan club. We made this at her house in Georgia for the Fourth of July and I think I ate enough to get a few gold stars on that card, as well!
Reckon why Southerners take such a shining to this dish? Just look at the main ingredient: cheap and filling pasta. This is a traditional meal stretcher if there ever was one.
How long can you keep Macaroni Salad refrigerated?
Macaroni salad will keep for up to five days when stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. This is a great salad to make ahead of time and chill in the fridge for an hour or two. Don’t leave it out in the heat though as it will be sure to go bad.
To make this, you’ll need macaroni, mayo, spicy brown mustard, pimentos, sweet relish, and salt and pepper to taste.
Cook Macaroni according to package directions. Drain and run cold water over it to cool it down. This also stops the cooking process.
Shake it around a little so it all gets rinsed in the cold water.
In a large mixing bowl, place mayo, mustard, and…
Stir that up really well.
Remember you left out the pickle relish and put that in next.
Add in your pickle relish.
Pickle relish is the secret!
The dressing for this salad is a mayonnaise base in combination with the pickle relish added to the salad. I always use sweet pickle relish but you can use regular pickle relish and it will still turn out great. If you don’t love pickles, you could substitute vinegar or lemon juice. Taste as you go to get the right balance. But for me, I love what the sweet pickle relish adds to the flavors.
Add your macaroni
Salt and pepper to taste, stir again. Chill well.
(sneak and eat a bowl of it now. I won’t tell)
What Dishes Can You Serve with Macaroni Salad?
Here are a few options…
See recipe card below for a printable recipe and our video on How to Make this Macaroni Salad
- 10 ounces Dry macaroni
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup Mayo If you like more dressing, add the full amount
- 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard can use regular if you have it on hand!
- 2-4 ounce jar of pimentos
- 1/3 cup sweet pickle relish
- salt and pepper to taste I start with 1/2 tsp of each
- Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain in a collander and run cold water over it to cool. Mix all other ingredients together in medium mixing bowl. Add macaroni and mix well. Add more mayo if needed. Chill. Stir before serving.
When life gives you lemons, put them in your sweet tea and thank God your a Southern Belle!
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