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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


  • 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


  • 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 equals 115 calories, 2 g fat (0 saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 362 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1-1/2 starch.

Reviews for Classic Macaroni Salad

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Reviewed May. 22, 2016

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

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

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

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."

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"Good side dish"

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."

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."

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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"

Reviewed Jul. 24, 2011

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

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."

Reviewed Jun. 4, 2010

"Best macaroni salad I have ever had!"

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!"

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!"

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"Very good salad and so simple!"

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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