Chicago Macaroni Salad Recipe -
Chicago Macaroni Salad  Recipe
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Chicago Macaroni Salad

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"My family is from Chicago. This is one of my grandma's best recipes that's been handed down. Kids love it because of the cheese cubes! It's a great potluck dish because it has a lot of color! I use salad macaroni because of its small size."

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    4 hrs 40 mins


  1. Fill a pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the salad macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink, and rinse with cold water until chilled. Drain again to remove excess water.
  2. Place macaroni, broccoli, Cheddar cheese, green pepper, pickle relish, dill pickle, celery, black olives, green olives, green onion, carrot, and pimento in a salad bowl, and toss lightly to combine. In a bowl, whisk together the light mayonnaise, mustard, salt, sugar, and black pepper to make a smooth dressing; pour the dressing over the salad, and lightly mix to coat all ingredients with dressing. Refrigerate at least 4 hours to blend flavors before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 05, 2011

This is a great "take to a picnic" salad. There are never any left overs. Anything left in the dish at the end of the meal always goes home with soneone at the picnic. I have to make a double batch so the grandkids will have some to eat at home. This is a very forgiving recipe. You can use any vegetables you like. I have used cauliflower, asparagus, purple onions, jack cheese and hotter peppers. I always try to use what is in season and freshest, and this salad is always always a hit. The grandkids even use it as a snack after school. What more can you ask?

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 07, 2012

I was not a huge fan of this pasta salad :( Too mustardy maybe? Maybe it's just my personal taste, but something just didn't click for me...


25 Ratings

Aug 19, 2011

This is wonderful. I usually go for the sweet pasta salads but this one has changed my mind. The only thing I changed was I used baby bowties...I just thought they were cute. I would suggest letting salad set up in fridge for a bit to really get the flavors going. Love it and making it again tonite!!

Aug 03, 2011

This is my new macaroni salad recipe! It was sooo good! Great to make for bbq's in the summer.. I left out the green and black olives, carrot and pimento peppers. Other than that, I stuck to the recipe and it was yummy. thanks for sharing your recipe

Dec 11, 2011

This is my kind of macaroni salad - no vinegar mixed with the mayonnaise!! I hate vinegar.

Feb 29, 2012

This was really good. I did everything as written except I used red bell peppers instead of green because it was all I had on hand. I liked the bit of color that the red added to it, so I plan on keeping it that way the next time I make it. Thanks!

May 10, 2012

I made this recipe without altering the ingredients at all, and it was wonderful as is. It was for a large birthday party and several people asked me for the recipe afterwards. It's a bit different from what we're used to in this area, but delicious.

May 19, 2012

This is a WONDERFUL recipe! Made it for my granddaughter's graduation party & it was a hit! Tripled the recipe & didn't make any changes other than I added some mushrooms. Very flavorful dressing.


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  • Calories
  • 197 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.8 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 7.4 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 6.4 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 1143 mg
  • 46%

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

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