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Honey-Mustard Macaroni Salad


"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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50 m servings 484 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Calories:
  • 484 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 33.3 g
  • 51%
  • Carbs:
  • 38.1g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 9.5 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 122 mg
  • 41%
  • Sodium:
  • 465 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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.


  • Cook's Note:
  • To cut back the fat, use fat-free mayo, whole wheat noodles, skim milk, and only put in the egg whites.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

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  1. 97 Ratings

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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 dr...

Most helpful critical review

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 pref...

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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 dr...

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) ...

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 everyt...

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, ...

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 d...

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 pep...

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

The healthier version that another reviewer posted turned out fantastic! The sweet from the relish and the honey mustard makes this version better than all the other macaroni salads I have had. ...

Yummy! I just made a double batch of this for a family reunion and it was a HUGE hit. I had people asking what my secret ingredient was (honey mustard puts this macaroni salad above all the rest...