This is my family's favorite. I have made this salad since I was a kid. I think it has just about everything you need in a salad of this kind.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
9
Yield:
8 - 10 servings
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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook the macaroni in a large pot of lightly salted boiling water until tender, 6-8 minutes depending on size. Drain, and set aside.

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  • Stir the vinegar and mayonnaise together in a bowl until thoroughly blended.

  • Combine the cooked noodles, onions, pimentos, pickles, bell peppers, cheese, olives, and eggs in a large bowl. Add the mayonnaise mixture, and toss gently to coat ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

489 calories; protein 13.6g 27% DV; carbohydrates 43.3g 14% DV; fat 29.1g 45% DV; cholesterol 116.8mg 39% DV; sodium 749.9mg 30% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2004
Wow. This is great. A trick I use for pasta and potato salads is to double the dressing and put 1/2 on when first made and then let the salad sit in the fridge so the flavors "marry". Then add some of the left over dressing right before you serve and when you want to eat the leftovers. Of course in this case there will probably be no leftovers as this salad is so good. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/31/2011
I only thought that this salad was average and a bit too cheesey for macaroni salad. I am not interested in making it again. Read More
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141 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 82
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2004
Wow. This is great. A trick I use for pasta and potato salads is to double the dressing and put 1/2 on when first made and then let the salad sit in the fridge so the flavors "marry". Then add some of the left over dressing right before you serve and when you want to eat the leftovers. Of course in this case there will probably be no leftovers as this salad is so good. Read More
(73)
Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2003
Well Jim, I have to say this is pretty darn good. I doctored it up a little bit though. Used 1/2 the pasta, 5 hardboiled eggs (since they were about to reach their pull date) a little green onion for color, some sweet relish, paprika, and celery salt, and I added a little extra mayo (light of course!) per others suggestions as well as a bit of sour cream. Took out the green peppers. Even with half the pasta it made about 8 cups of salad, which is perfect for us. This one goes in the recipe box. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2004
I also thought this was a little dry-definitely needs more mayonnaise. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2002
Yummm! This is a really good recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2003
This salad was a huge hit at a recent cookout and it gets better the longer it sits in the fridge. We've played around with the recipe by adding bacon fresh tomatoes and more pickles. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2003
Jim this is a great recipe. Thanks. I made it for a dinner party (picnic) and everyone loved it. I did take the suggestions to add more wetness as 1 cup of mayo is not enough for the volume. I added 1 cup of lite sour cream (instead of mayo). The only other variation would be to use the small can of sliced olives as opposed to whole. This recipe is a keeper. I'm passing it around! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
Really good salad. Just like potato...except with macaroni. I didn't use the green pepper or the vinegar and used onion powder in place of the onions. I made this for a small get together and our company loved it enough they wanted the recipe. I love the eggs in this. Thanks for sharing James. Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
05/06/2008
I changed this up a little to our likes. I omitted the pimento peppers bell pepper and cheese. I added in peas sliced olives sour cream and a little more mayo. It's a good basic macaroni salad! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2002
Great recipe thanks for posting it. I was out looking for a good macaroni salad when I ran across this one. I was making it just for me my wife and my daughter but later in the day after helping a neighbor work on his roof he invited us over for a barbecue so I brought this new macaroni salad I made. Not knowing how it was going to taste since I just made it for the first time I was pleasantly suprised that everyone at the barbecue kepted raving about it. Everyone kept asking me how I made it and I told them how I got the recipe. Cheese combined with black olives and pimentos give it the right touch. Thanks again for a great quick and tasty macaroni salad. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/31/2011
I only thought that this salad was average and a bit too cheesey for macaroni salad. I am not interested in making it again. Read More
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