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Dad's Working Man's Macaroni Salad

Rated as 4.43 out of 5 Stars

"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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1 h servings 331
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  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.


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 331 calories; 18.1 29.7 11.3 137 838 Full nutrition

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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 fa...

A new guilty pleasure to crave! I used ditalini pasta, green onions instead of red, dill pickles instead of sweet, and mayo instead of Miracle Whip. All of this was based on what I had on hand, ...

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...

My husband really loves this salad. If he's going to a potluck, no matter what time of year, this is his preferred dish to take.

I thought this salad was excellent and I received many compliments. It is important to make this a day before you are going to serve this salad, as the flavors meld together. Fantastic. I did us...

Great recipe!! Especially in the hot summers of Texas...