This recipe is easily multiplied for a crowd. Everyone in my family asks me to bring this to our functions. I even make it for weddings. Sometimes I use a mixture of different kinds of pasta, especially if I only have a little of this kind or that. Depending on what type of macaroni used, more dressing may be required. The recipe calls for red onion, but sweet onion is great, too.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. Drain; rinse with cold water. Set aside.

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  • Meanwhile, place eggs in a saucepan, and fill with enough cold water to cover eggs completely by about 1 inch. Bring water to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let eggs stand in hot water for 20 minutes. Immediately remove from hot water and cool in an ice water bath. When cool enough to handle, peel and chop eggs.

  • In a medium bowl, mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, dry mustard, sweet pickle juice, and celery seed. Season with salt and black pepper.

  • In a large bowl, combine drained pasta, celery, onion, olives, sweet pickles, carrots, green pepper, and chopped eggs. Stir in dressing, and mix well. Refrigerate before serving.

Nutrition Facts

689 calories; protein 16.2g; carbohydrates 66.7g; fat 40.3g; cholesterol 146.4mg; sodium 1119.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2004
I made this for a cover dish dinner, and it did NOT last. Everyone remarked about the flavor and how creamy it was. It is so good. I did change just a couple of things. One, I left out the onion as neither my husband or myself can eat them..and it was n't missed. Also, instead of using pickle juice and the sweet pickle, I used sweet relish. I did increase the dressing half again, as we do not like a dry macaroni salad, and this did not get dry. I made it the day before, and yes, it tastes better the second day after the ingredients have had a chance to sit and blend. I put the carrots through my food processor and they were perfect for this salad. And one little tip. When using celery seed, rub the seeds between your palms to crush them a little. This releases not only the aroma, but the flavor as well. Oh, and if you are making a dish that requires both onion and celery, cut the celery last, and rub some leaves, or even part of the rib on your hands. It will remove the onion. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/05/2005
I followed the recipe exactly. It was terrible. I made if for a super bowl party and was very disappointed. Man, I can't believe all the good reviews on this - I was expecting something worth while eating. Very disappointed! Read More
(7)
198 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 111
  • 4 star values: 63
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2004
I made this for a cover dish dinner, and it did NOT last. Everyone remarked about the flavor and how creamy it was. It is so good. I did change just a couple of things. One, I left out the onion as neither my husband or myself can eat them..and it was n't missed. Also, instead of using pickle juice and the sweet pickle, I used sweet relish. I did increase the dressing half again, as we do not like a dry macaroni salad, and this did not get dry. I made it the day before, and yes, it tastes better the second day after the ingredients have had a chance to sit and blend. I put the carrots through my food processor and they were perfect for this salad. And one little tip. When using celery seed, rub the seeds between your palms to crush them a little. This releases not only the aroma, but the flavor as well. Oh, and if you are making a dish that requires both onion and celery, cut the celery last, and rub some leaves, or even part of the rib on your hands. It will remove the onion. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2003
I made this over the holiday weekend for my family and it was a hit. The only thing I did differently was I chopped the carrot and added sweet pickle relish instead of the chopped pickles. I will make it again. The celery seed and spanish olives were nice additions. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/19/2003
This is a very good recipe. Multiplied it many times and made it for my daughter's wedding reception and I received many compliments. My only question would be about the number of servings. This recipe makes between 13 and 14 cups of salad. Unless you are feeding Paul Bunyan and his brothers I think that's a lot more than six servings. Maybe it 's supposed to say 16? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2005
I can't rate this yet because I didn't like what I did. I used large elbow macaroni (that was all I had) and it was much too starchy. I nearly doubled the wet ingredients and still a little dry (and starchy). Unless you are having a party for a least ten big eaters I would at least half this recipe. I have a family of four and even though I 1/2 this it will be enough for at least 3 meals. I'm excited to try again w/ small elbow mac. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2003
!!!We really love this recipe. It does make a HUGE amount and the dressing should be at LEAST doubled. We leave out celery and add thawed sweet peas and cheese. Great for cookouts. We've made this many times and will continue to make it. Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2005
I made this with all the ingredients except the olives and bell peppers ('cause my wife doesn't care for them). I did make more of the dressing (about one and one half times more). I only had one sweet pickle left so I subed one dill pickle and a little sweet relish. I'm glad I made more dressing as it would have been to dry otherwise. The recipe as written makes a LOT(about a gallon) of salad but it's so good it should be gone in a couple days! As far as the taste..... EXCELLENT!!! Definately five stars! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/29/2003
I used 1/2 cup mayo and 1/2 cup sour cream and the dressing was great. I didn't add the carrots but added fresh diced tomatoes before serving. Used lemon juice in place of pickle juice for a bit of tartness. Nice versatile recipe Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2004
This is the best recipe I found for macaroni salad. My hubby even said it's as good as his mother's!:) It makes a lot of food. I used sweet relish instead of pickles & I used pimentos instead of olives...It turned out great! Thanks! Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
03/28/2006
A great place to start! As prior suggestions I was generous with my mayo/sour cream measurements. The dried mustard didn't offer enough flavor so I also added 1T dijon mustard. Instead of pickle juice I added 1T lemon juice and 1T apple cider vinegar. I used sweet relish instead of pickle. After tasting I felt it needed a little sweetener so I added 1T honey. I used red pepper because I prefer it to green pepper and it really added to the variety of colors. I did not have celery seed so I omitted. This was delicious. My husband loved it and he is a macaroni salad lover! I was so worried he wouldn't care for it and he just loved it! Thank you. Read More
(15)
Rating: 1 stars
02/05/2005
I followed the recipe exactly. It was terrible. I made if for a super bowl party and was very disappointed. Man, I can't believe all the good reviews on this - I was expecting something worth while eating. Very disappointed! Read More
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