Judy's Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Judy's Macaroni Salad Recipe

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After finding this vintage macaroni salad years ago, I tweaked the flavor and bumped up the pickles. Tuck it inside your picnic basket. —Elizabeth Kirchgatter, Maysville, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chiling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chiling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 hard-cooked large eggs, chopped
  • 6 sweet pickles, chopped

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 347 calories, 28g fat (6g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 413mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain macaroni; rinse with cold water and drain well.
  2. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, pickle juice, salt and pepper. Stir in cheese, eggs and pickles. Add macaroni; toss gently to coat. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours or until chilled. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as Judy's Macaroni Salad in Taste of Home April/May 2016, p49

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hotfudgesundae User ID: 3463962 248828
Reviewed May. 30, 2016

"Easy recipe, I also added some minced onion, mustard and celery. Will definately make this again!"

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 248576
Reviewed May. 24, 2016

"I love how simple and easy this recipe was to put together. I doubled the batch. This definitely would be great to try with potatoes as well."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 248471
Reviewed May. 22, 2016

"Tasty - loved the consistency and the eggs. It was interesting that there was no onion, i mit add a couple tbsp next time to add a little flavor."

bakergirl00 User ID: 1291183 248334
Reviewed May. 17, 2016

"I made the recipe as is, and also thought it was a little bland. I added a couple of teaspoons of French's honey mustard & that helped a lot."

Scott01 User ID: 1668750 247284
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2016

"I love the basic combination of the ingredients. This was exactly what I was looking for in a macaroni salad recipe. However, the final result is just bland. Can anyone give me any tips to boost the taste?"

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 246949
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"I have lots of macaroni salad recipes but this one is a keeper. It was very easy to prepare. My husband liked the hard boiled eggs. I added some chopped celery. Next time I might use dill pickles and juice since we love dill a lot."

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