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Simple Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Simple Macaroni Salad

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"This is a very basic pasta salad, easily fixed up by adding extra vegetables or some chopped salami."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. In a pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente, rinse under cold water and drain.
  2. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil; cover, remove from heat, and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel and chop.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, eggs, pickles, celery and green onions. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste; serve chilled.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 19, 2003

This is an excellent basic recipe for pasta salad. I added small amounts each of avacado, cheddar cheese and cucumber. Very good!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 09, 2009

Sorry, but I thought this terribly boring. I don't quite comprehend the concept of rating THIS recipe by substituting so many things that it's an entirely different recipe. But THIS recipe certainly doesn't "have it all."


13 Ratings

Jul 06, 2009

This is closer to my macaroni salad and I like it better without bellpepper. Use a bag of salad macaroni instead of regular macaroni. Chop about a cup of celery and about 3 to 4 green onions, add about 2 tab of pimento,small can of sliced olives and and 3 small chopped gerkins. Mix with a couple of tab of lemon juice, olive oil and a little bit of dill pickle juice. Add salt and pepper and cover and chill for a couple of hours and make sure to chill your macaroni as well. Later mix enough mayo to coat your macaroni and drain a bit of the juices from your mix and add to the macaroni and mix well. Add about 5 chopped boiled eggs and mix well and sprinkle some paprika on top and wala! You have a great macaroni salad!

Jun 22, 2008

Excellent Recipe! I used Kraft Greek Vinaigrette dressing instead of Italian dressing. Also I added 1/4 c. shreeded Parmesan cheese & 1/4 cup Mexican shredded cheese. My husband rated it 10 stars (if possible!)Thanks for the recipe!

Sep 20, 2007

This pasta salad was so simple and light, we couldn't stop eating it!

Jul 13, 2008

I dont know if I did something wrong, but we were not crazy about this one.

Jun 21, 2012

I have not made this yet but it pretty similar to the way I make mine and for the people that mentioned that this salad has no flavour - marinate the pasta in the dressing for about an hour or more if you like. I also put fresh garlic into my salad - toss it in with the dressing to marinate the pasta. I also add to mine olives, sweet gherkins. Red or yellow bell peppers sounds great and I don't care much for celery so I would substitute them with cucumbers chopped fine and blotted to get out the moisture. Also I would season with some extra granulated garlic - can you guess I like garlic :)

Jul 07, 2012

please, if you're posting about this recipe, DO so, if you're changing the recipe, then post it under custom, where it belongs.You don't help anyone by saying "this recipe is great, add this this and this.." because THAT isn't the recipe that we're trying here! That said, THIS is great as a basic recipe, a jumping off can add many different ingredients to make this one truly your own...if you do, please let us know how it turned out. And post it under CUSTOM VERSIONS! lol


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  • Calories
  • 204 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.3 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 70 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 2.2 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 6.8 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 387 mg
  • 15%

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

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