Honey-Mustard Macaroni Salad Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Honey-Mustard Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Honey-Mustard Macaroni Salad

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"This is a family recipe for mac salad that was made for all holidays, cookouts, or family get-togethers. Traditional, simple, quick, and feeds a crowd. Add more mayonnaise if salad seems too dry."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    50 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain and rinse macaroni under cold water until chilled. Transfer macaroni to a large salad bowl.
  2. Toss pasta with hard-cooked eggs, onion, celery, and green bell pepper. Whisk mayonnaise, milk, pickle relish, and honey mustard in a bowl and pour dressing over the salad; mix well and season with sea salt and ground black pepper.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • To cut back the fat, use fat-free mayo, whole wheat noodles, skim milk, and only put in the egg whites.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 20, 2012

I used one very large red bell pepper instead of green, lowfat mayonnaise and chopped garlic dills instead of sweet pickle relish. I wanted to make this an all-in-one salad, so I threw in two drained cans of water packed tuna. I made this last night as I wanted it to sit as long as possible to really get the flavors to come out--I'm glad I did. Nice pasta salad where all the ingredients work together perfectly. Both my husband and I really liked the honey mustard flavor a lot.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 09, 2014

This wasn't bad, but not stand up either. I reduced milk to 1/2 cup per other reviews and found that I needed to add another 1/2 cup after it sat for a few hours. Personally, I would also prefer without the egg. I also added a bit more veggies than called for, with some red onion added to the mix, very finely diced to add flavour and crunch.

Jul 21, 2012

I love making this the healthy way, using whole wheat noodles. I use fat free mayo, skim milk, and don't use the egg yolks. I also up the veggies (and sometimes add diced carrots and/or apples) and up the honey mustard to 1/2 a cup when I make it low-fat, to give it a little extra zing. Using fat free mayo does change the flavor, which is why I up the honey mustard. People don't even know it's low fat when I make it this way.

Jul 10, 2012

This was very good and a nice change from 'regular' macaroni salad! We really enjoyed the subtle flavor of the honey mustard, and all the flavors blended well together. When I first mixed everything up w/ the dressing, I was a little disappointed that it was so liquidy, but after chilling in the fridge for a few hours, it did become less liquidy, although next time, I will add less milk (personal preference) just because I like macaroni salad a little drier. All in all, this was a great recipe and one that I will make again! Thanks for sharing. :)

Sep 01, 2012

We enjoyed this and so did our company, the leftovers the second day were even better. I eyeballed the veggie additions and more than likely added in more, we like extra veggies. Also only had dill relish, we're not big fans of sweet relish. I added the milk in just until it reached the consistency we like, I only used a 1/2 cup total. Our company loved it, and they are pretty picky. Thanks Brandilynn for a great tasting mac salad.

Mar 26, 2013

My whole family loved this recipe! Succulent flavor! I used bowtie pasta because I didn't have any elbow pasta on hand. The salad was pretty with it, and because the pasta texture was softer, it worked well. I only put in 1/2 of the milk; do that too, and add more later if you need to, or else you might find the salad too watery. I made my own honey mustard by combining 1/3 mayo, 1/3 honey, and 1/3 brown mustard (like Grey Poupon)--just eyeball it in the 1/3 measuring cup if you are making the full 12 serving recipe. That means you will need to add more mayo because the recipe calls for it as well. My husband said I should have added more peas, but I told him there weren't any in it (we realized that he thought the green pepper was peas--haha). So I added some peas (frozen and thawed) to the leftovers and it was even better! I think salad shrimp would also be a nice addition, and then the salad (maybe with bread) could be a meal on it's own.

Jul 04, 2012

Great twist on classic macaroni! The hint of honey mustard is just right...present but not overpowering. New family picnic favorite!

Dec 18, 2012

Delicious - love the extra flavor added by the honey mustard -- I used Dijon and honey. My only recommendation is that you make it at least a few hours in advance to give the onion and bell pepper time to meld flavors. I ate some right after putting it together -- it was very good, and then 5 hours later at the party -- it was even better. Will definitely make again -- maybe add some chicken or ham for a main course?


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  • Calories
  • 484 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.1 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 122 mg
  • 41%
  • Fat
  • 33.3 g
  • 51%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 9.5 g
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 465 mg
  • 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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