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Dad's Working Man's Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Dad's Working Man's Macaroni Salad

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"Beef bologna and American cheese make a heavier macaroni salad for a man's perspective. Good, and always gets snarfed up wherever I take it."

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    1 hr


  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 cool under running water until chilled. Transfer to a large salad bowl.
  2. Stack American cheese slices alternating with bologna slices and cut into 1/2-inch dice. (Stacking helps prevent cheese from sticking together.) Mix bologna and cheese into macaroni and stir in hard-cooked eggs, sweet pickles, celery, green bell pepper, and red onion. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Stir creamy salad dressing and mustard into the salad and season with black pepper. Cover salad and chill in refrigerator until serving time.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • If holding salad in refrigerator for more than about 2 hours, mix in extra creamy salad dressing and mustard mix as the macaroni will absorb a lot overnight in the fridge.

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Jul 07, 2012

I made this as a quick dinner for the kids. I used garlic dills instead of sweet, a red pepper instead of green and Hellman's mayonnaise instead of Miracle Whip--that's really just a personal family preferance, not a reflection on the recipe. Though I did not try this myself, the kids LOVED this salad. They thought that using american cheese and bologna in a cold salad was the best idea ever. My son said it's like eating the best parts of the bologna salad mixed up with pasta. Winner, winner.........pasta dinner!

Feb 20, 2014

This recipe has been in my recipe box for a long time. Decided to give it a try. The guys liked it better than I did. It is definitely a much heartier macaroni salad than most. It was creamy the first night I made it, but as with most pasta, it soaked up a lot of the dressing and I had to add a little more the following day. All-in-all a good recipe that would go over well at a get together.


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  • Calories
  • 331 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.7 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 137 mg
  • 46%
  • Fat
  • 18.1 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 11.3 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 838 mg
  • 34%

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

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