My Mom's Awesome Macaroni Salad (enough to feed a crowd!) Recipe -
My Mom's Awesome Macaroni Salad (enough to feed a crowd!) Recipe

My Mom's Awesome Macaroni Salad (enough to feed a crowd!)

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"This was my Mom's recipe. She never wrote anything down, so the amounts on the seasonings are estimates and 'to taste.' She always said the key ingredient was 'love.'"

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    1 hr 35 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. Rinse macaroni with cold water until chilled; drain.
  2. Mix mayonnaise, white vinegar, seasoned salt, sugar, garlic powder, and black pepper in a large bowl with a whisk until smooth. Stir tuna, baby shrimp, cucumber, and sweet onion into the mayonnaise mixture to coat ingredients completely; add chopped eggs and stir. Pour chilled macaroni into the bowl and stir; top with sliced eggs. Garnish salad with paprika.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour to overnight before serving.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • I personally don't care for celery in salads, so I use cucumber instead, but you can definitely substitute celery in this recipe.
  • This is one of those salads that tastes even better the next day, thus my recommendation is to chill overnight, if possible.

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Aug 10, 2014

I made only slight adjustments to this fantastic recipe. I added a small can of sliced black olives and almosr Half of a small bag of thawed early peas. For the shrimp, I used 1/4lb of steamed shrim that I chopped up. We are half of this salad for dinner it was that good!!!!!

Jul 25, 2015

This is an awesome base recipe for either tuna or seafood pasta salad. I use it for both and adjust/lower the amount of seasoned salt with Old Bay, smoked paprika, and whatever else I feel it needs after melding in the fridge. I add sweet peas and diced celery for crunch, (no cukes) , onion always and a good imitation crab for the seafood version. Thanks for sharing


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  • Calories
  • 562 kcal
  • 28%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.9 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 162 mg
  • 54%
  • Fat
  • 40.2 g
  • 62%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 18.4 g
  • 37%
  • Sodium
  • 451 mg
  • 18%

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

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