Rating: 4.63 stars
141 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 104
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2

Slightly sweet, classic macaroni salad recipe!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • Rinse macaroni in cold water until cool; drain.

  • Stir mayonnaise, onion, parsley, mustard, rice vinegar, sugar, celery seed, and salt together in a bowl; add macaroni and eggs and stir to coat.

  • Chill in refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

783 calories; protein 14g; carbohydrates 53.4g; fat 57.4g; cholesterol 152.3mg; sodium 718.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2012
Best macaroni salad recipe I've tried yet! Simple but great just the way it is or a wonderful base recipe to expand on. Will be making this again with Old Bay and crab meat soon! Two suggestions: First off, more onions and a course chop or they'll get lost in it all. Secondly, it will dry out in the fridge. When it does, just add water until it gets the creaminess back! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/21/2013
Without a doubt, wonderful salad. The rice wine vinager and a little bit of sugar make all the differance in the world. I'm thinking of adding a little cheadder cheese next time. Made it as recipe and made no changes. Thank you for a great and easy salad. Read More
(8)
141 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 104
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2012
Best macaroni salad recipe I've tried yet! Simple but great just the way it is or a wonderful base recipe to expand on. Will be making this again with Old Bay and crab meat soon! Two suggestions: First off, more onions and a course chop or they'll get lost in it all. Secondly, it will dry out in the fridge. When it does, just add water until it gets the creaminess back! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(52)
Rating: 4 stars
09/04/2012
Did this tonight for Labor Day! Just excellent. I did add maybe a dozen or so stuffed green olives for a little brine favor... Next time, I might try a little more rice vinegar. But darned good stuff. The leftovers are MINE. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/23/2020
5/22/20 glad I stumbled upon this one again. It’s still yummy. 3 Cs Of elbows are half a box, for those wondering. 5/27/12. Made this yesterday- It's really good. I love that I didn't have to chop a ton of stuff. Did add a significant amount more of Mayo- It was too dry otherwise and I added another 2tsp of rice wine vinegar. Had to sub a tsp of celery salt for the seed and salt. LOVED THIS. WILL MAKE IT AGAIN. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2012
After reading the reviews I tried this recipe and absolutely loved it. My only changes were that I used dried parsley, as I didn't have fresh. I also used finely chopped celery instead of celery seeds. Great recipe, it will be my standard from now on. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2012
Awesome!!! Increased salt n rice vinegar n reduced mustard by half...just to suit my tastes. So glad I didn't start adding extras!! Thought it would b one dimensional n need some additives but it is literally perfect, simple n tasty!! Thnk u!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2012
This recipe is beyond excellent! The only thing we added was 1 rib of finely chopped celery. Divine... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2012
This is the best macaroni salad I have ever tasted! I doubled the pasta and used about half the amount of onion. I also used only the whites of the hard boiled eggs and the yolks weren't missed at all. I didn't have elbow macaroni in my pantry so I used small penne and it was just fine. I didn't need to increase the amount of mayonnaise even with the increase in pasta...it was still very creamy...could even have used less in order to be a little bit more healthy. This is easy and oh so delicious. I will make this again soon! I hard boiled extra eggs while making the three for this recipe - to keep in the fridge for egg salad or a snack. Thanks for this great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/02/2013
Yummo! I was looking for a basic macaroni salad because mine always end up d-u-l-l. The celery seed and rice vinegar definitely do the trick. I used shells instead of macaroni, but only because the store was out, and adjusted the mustard to suit my family's taste preferences. Other than that I followed it exactly (I don't like to leave reviews for recipes that I altered.) This will be my go-to side dish for summer for sure. Thanks for sharing it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2014
This is the best classic recipe for macaroni salad!!!! I add some black pepper to taste and top with papricka. I also used 2 green onions chopped, instead of yellow onion and added 2 celery stocks, chopped instead. I added some fresh chopped parsley and I added an 1/8 cup of sour cream too. I loved it!!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/21/2013
Without a doubt, wonderful salad. The rice wine vinager and a little bit of sugar make all the differance in the world. I'm thinking of adding a little cheadder cheese next time. Made it as recipe and made no changes. Thank you for a great and easy salad. Read More
(8)