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

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BigRon2 User ID: 8300552 266089
Reviewed May. 18, 2017

"Ever since I was a kid, Classic Macaroni salad never had "egg" in it. Plus we did not have "FAT FREE" mayonnaise either."

Kasha User ID: 179140 264552
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2017

"quick and easy, used real sugar and threw in some cucumber... Will make again"

Goodgirl70 User ID: 6376111 253591
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2016

"Very good, quick and easy too...."

mmchuber User ID: 6952320 250293
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

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

s_pants User ID: 174050 248478
Reviewed May. 22, 2016

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

sprout70 User ID: 7878521 233538
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

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

PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 226960
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."

Janadele User ID: 7087902 58253
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"Good side dish"

Katyjane User ID: 7432392 58247
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."

Flamingo222 User ID: 7731754 112655
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."

cmarie_1124 User ID: 5693915 54040
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

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

mlworden User ID: 3943617 54039
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."

tamidolls User ID: 1067453 147128
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."

rbolton1961 User ID: 3398444 132797
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."

dieter's mom User ID: 3847129 68865
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."

auntgigi53 User ID: 2983599 58246
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!"

auntgigi53 User ID: 2983599 80442
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."

ConnieK User ID: 282614 147089
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."

LoraDora728 User ID: 6309118 53200
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!"

best of home cooks User ID: 5361390 53199
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."

babaloulou User ID: 6391278 132794
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"

rosomalley User ID: 3143785 54038
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2011

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

Dawn Humphreys User ID: 5175289 132789
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."

Tparrishj User ID: 4029353 147088
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2010

"Best macaroni salad I have ever had!"

beagleluva User ID: 1604921 112652
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!"

kelsimarie21 User ID: 4878788 61632
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!"

jasavage17 User ID: 2816108 147084
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"Very good salad and so simple!"

NJ_mommy_1 User ID: 3034114 112651
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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