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Classic Macaroni Salad Recipe

Classic Macaroni Salad Recipe

From Sardis, Ohio, Dorothy Bayes sends this refreshingly light take on an all-time favorite. It's perfect for a fast weeknight dinner or festive weekend barbecue.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 hard-cooked egg, sliced
  • Dash paprika

Directions

  • 1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water. Cool completely.
  • 2. For dressing, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, pickle relish, sugar substitute, mustard, salt and pepper. In a large bowl, combine the macaroni, celery, carrot and onion. Add dressing and toss gently to coat.
  • 3. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with egg and paprika. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda no-calorie sweetener.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 115 calories, 2g fat (0g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 362mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch

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mmchuber
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

"I used dill relish, no sugar, and a can of tuna. Great!"

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s_pants
Reviewed May. 22, 2016

"I think the dried mustard made it a bit too spicy for our tastes."

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sprout70
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"It turned out great! Was a big hit with my family ??"

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PrplMonky5
Reviewed May. 25, 2015

"When I first got the dressing together, I thought it just tasted "meh". But after putting everything together and letting it chill, I was blown away. This tastes just like my grandmother's shrimp macaroni salad (minus the shrimp of course). My husband even loved it too. I caught him literally licking some off his fingers. Delicious."

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Janadele
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"Good side dish"

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Katyjane
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2014

"Fantastic! I'm not even a big fan of pasta salads but I cleaned my plate. We don't care for sweet pickle relish so I substituted a minced hot dill pickle with a splash of the juice."

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Flamingo222
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2014

"It's good, what I was looking for (macaroni salad from the store). I added a cup more noodles, a tablespoon more mayo and, a tablespoon more relish. Everything else the same. Oh yeah I also used white sugar."

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cmarie_1124
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"Delicious! I also use real sugar rather than the substitute."

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mlworden
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"This macaroni salad is great ! I followed it according to the recipe except I used 2 tsp of sugar instead of the sugar substitute."

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tamidolls
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

"I rarely make macaroni salad because of all the carbs. Now I will make it more often as this version is delicious. The only thing I changed was to use 1/2 mayo and 1/2 yogurt. Everything else was the same."

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rbolton1961
Reviewed May. 5, 2013

"This is excellent! My husband loves it and asks for it often. Sometimes I get adventurous and add something different to it but overall this is perfect just as it is."

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dieter's mom
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"I have been making this recipe since it was first published & have never been tempted to try any other since. I use 1/4 tsp. onion powder insteadf of chopping an onion & I omit the egg (just lazy). It is still awesome."

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auntgigi53
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2012

"I needed an update on the old mac salad and this recipe is now on my to make list. I used sugar instead of the substitute and I chopped the egg into the salad. We both thought it was excellent!"

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auntgigi53
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2012

"Needed an update on old mac salad and this sure was a big hit. I used 2 tsp. of sugar instead of the substitute, but followed the rest of the recipe. My husband said this is a keeper and it's easy to make."

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ConnieK
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"I have been trying to cut back on fat and calories but missed some of the old classics. I was very excited when I found this version for the classic macaroni salad. This is absolutely awesome. You would never know that it's a lower fat/calorie version. You don't miss the fat/calories for sure with this recipe. This has become my new recipe for macaroni salad."

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LoraDora728
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2012

"Excellent! I made it without the egg, and may use a little less sweet relish next time, but this is by far the tastiest macaroni salad I've had! Looking forward to making it again!"

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best of home cooks
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2012

"I sauted the onion and celery, added frozen peas, cheddar cheese, diced red peppers, 4 eggs and left out the carrots. Was such a big hit at a family get together. Will be making this more often as the family requested."

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babaloulou
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"I did had some frozen sweet young peas to the recipe, the rest the same Real ono like we say in Hawaii"

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rosomalley
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2011

"Great combination of flavors with a little bit of crunch. Loved it!"

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Dawn Humphreys
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"Excellent! Used 2 pkts of sweet n low and the entire family loved it! So simple! Will definitely be making this again."

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Tparrishj
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2010

"Best macaroni salad I have ever had!"

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beagleluva
Reviewed May. 21, 2010

"I didn't have relish so I just added pickle juice and wasn't sure how it would taste with the mustartd but it was fine.

Easy and healthy - will definitely make again!"

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kelsimarie21
Reviewed May. 11, 2010

"Very quick and easy! I didn't bring much back from our gathering, I will be making this recipie again and again!"

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jasavage17
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"Very good salad and so simple!"

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NJ_mommy_1
Reviewed May. 27, 2008

"This salad was the best macaroni salad that I have tasted! I will never buy the store salad's. I also did not add the 1/4 teaspoon of salt and it still tasted great! Thanks.."

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