Nona's Famous Macaroni Salad Recipe -
Nona's Famous Macaroni Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Nona's Famous Macaroni Salad

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"This recipe was my beloved late mother-in-law's always requested salad. It is deceptively easy and I still prepare it for my children and family. A few of the ingredients include radishes, green onions, celery and a bit of mayonnaise."

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    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    40 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; rinse under cold water, and drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, radishes, green onions, celery, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Mix well, chill, and serve with sliced tomatoes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 31, 2003

This was a hit at a party we had, it is even better the second day.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 13, 2004

It was okay. I thought it was a little bland and definitely not enough mayo - I had to add a whole other half a cup to make it at all creamy. It could use some more flavor. The other people I served it to liked it okay, but I wasn't thrilled.


13 Ratings

Jul 02, 2009

Excellent! No changes, just seasonal additions. Chopped zucchini, fresh snap peas, cucumber, green are limited by your imagination. I also learned on Cook Illustrated to add seasoning to ingredients and let sit a bit (1/2 hour) before mixing in the mayo. Seasonings absorb better to macaroni, instead of mayo. Thank you for sharing.

Jun 29, 2005

This is a great recipe. I, too, upped the mayo (Hellman's Mayonnaise because it's the best), and I also added a dash of vinegar to give it a little zing. I added frozen peas, which adds to the color and flavor more than you would expect. It reminded me of how mom used to make it.

Aug 31, 2003

Excellent! Very tasty and a unique salad idea. I upped the mayonnaise to 1/3 cup because I had a lot of veggies cut up, and was surprised to find that that was enough...I had expected to need even more! Addition: we did have to add more mayo the next day because it had dried out quite a bit.

Apr 26, 2010

Used peas instead of celery.

May 18, 2008

This was a very good salad. I used reduced fat mayo and whole wheat pasta. It turned out great,not to heavy and very fresh tasting.

Jul 02, 2013

I appreciate the inspiration from this dish to use radishes the way one would use red onion for some kick. I will likely make it again. This is a good dish, but the recipe as written is just the starting point. Here's what I did: used a 14oz box of whole wheat macaroni pasta, one bunch sliced radishes, 6 celery stalks, what little green onion I had in the house plus a couple garlic scapes I had (they're like green onions except garlicky), 5Tbl mayonnaise, a dash of white wine vinegar, and then plenty of salt, pepper, and Old Bay seasoning. It took me a while to keep adding spice, stir, taste, repeat. It's a simple dish, yet satisfying and I look forward to seeing how the flavors deepen the second day.


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  • Calories
  • 216 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35.6 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 5.1 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 2.2 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 6.3 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 68 mg
  • 3%

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

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