Rating: 4.72 stars
124 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 94
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

This is a family recipe for mac salad that was made for all holidays, cookouts, or family get-togethers. Traditional, simple, quick, and feeds a crowd. Add more mayonnaise if salad seems too dry.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 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 and rinse macaroni under cold water until chilled. Transfer macaroni to a large salad bowl.

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  • Toss pasta with hard-cooked eggs, onion, celery, and green bell pepper. Whisk mayonnaise, milk, pickle relish, and honey mustard in a bowl and pour dressing over the salad; mix well and season with sea salt and ground black pepper.

Cook's Note:

To cut back the fat, use fat-free mayo, whole wheat noodles, skim milk, and only put in the egg whites.

Nutrition Facts

484 calories; protein 9.5g; carbohydrates 38.1g; fat 33.3g; cholesterol 121.8mg; sodium 464.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (98)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2012
I used one very large red bell pepper instead of green lowfat mayonnaise and chopped garlic dills instead of sweet pickle relish. I wanted to make this an all-in-one salad so I threw in two drained cans of water packed tuna. I made this last night as I wanted it to sit as long as possible to really get the flavors to come out--I'm glad I did. Nice pasta salad where all the ingredients work together perfectly. Both my husband and I really liked the honey mustard flavor a lot. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/09/2014
This wasn't bad but not stand up either. I reduced milk to 1/2 cup per other reviews and found that I needed to add another 1/2 cup after it sat for a few hours. Personally I would also prefer without the egg. I also added a bit more veggies than called for with some red onion added to the mix very finely diced to add flavour and crunch. Read More
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124 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 94
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2012
I used one very large red bell pepper instead of green lowfat mayonnaise and chopped garlic dills instead of sweet pickle relish. I wanted to make this an all-in-one salad so I threw in two drained cans of water packed tuna. I made this last night as I wanted it to sit as long as possible to really get the flavors to come out--I'm glad I did. Nice pasta salad where all the ingredients work together perfectly. Both my husband and I really liked the honey mustard flavor a lot. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2012
I love making this the healthy way using whole wheat noodles. I use fat free mayo skim milk and don't use the egg yolks. I also up the veggies (and sometimes add diced carrots and/or apples) and up the honey mustard to 1/2 a cup when I make it low-fat to give it a little extra zing. Using fat free mayo does change the flavor which is why I up the honey mustard. People don't even know it's low fat when I make it this way. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/10/2012
This was very good and a nice change from 'regular' macaroni salad! We really enjoyed the subtle flavor of the honey mustard, and all the flavors blended well together. When I first mixed everything up w/ the dressing, I was a little disappointed that it was so liquidy, but after chilling in the fridge for a few hours, it did become less liquidy, although next time, I will add less milk (personal preference) just because I like macaroni salad a little drier. All in all, this was a great recipe and one that I will make again! Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2012
We enjoyed this and so did our company the leftovers the second day were even better. I eyeballed the veggie additions and more than likely added in more we like extra veggies. Also only had dill relish we're not big fans of sweet relish. I added the milk in just until it reached the consistency we like I only used a 1/2 cup total. Our company loved it and they are pretty picky. Thanks Brandilynn for a great tasting mac salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2013
My whole family loved this recipe! Succulent flavor! I used bowtie pasta because I didn't have any elbow pasta on hand. The salad was pretty with it and because the pasta texture was softer it worked well. I only put in 1/2 of the milk; do that too and add more later if you need to or else you might find the salad too watery. I made my own honey mustard by combining 1/3 mayo 1/3 honey and 1/3 brown mustard (like Grey Poupon)--just eyeball it in the 1/3 measuring cup if you are making the full 12 serving recipe. That means you will need to add more mayo because the recipe calls for it as well. My husband said I should have added more peas but I told him there weren't any in it (we realized that he thought the green pepper was peas--haha). So I added some peas (frozen and thawed) to the leftovers and it was even better! I think salad shrimp would also be a nice addition and then the salad (maybe with bread) could be a meal on it's own. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2012
Delicious - love the extra flavor added by the honey mustard -- I used Dijon and honey. My only recommendation is that you make it at least a few hours in advance to give the onion and bell pepper time to meld flavors. I ate some right after putting it together -- it was very good and then 5 hours later at the party -- it was even better. Will definitely make again -- maybe add some chicken or ham for a main course? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2012
Great twist on classic macaroni! The hint of honey mustard is just right...present but not overpowering. New family picnic favorite! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2012
The healthier version that another reviewer posted turned out fantastic! The sweet from the relish and the honey mustard makes this version better than all the other macaroni salads I have had. I am keeping this recipe for future use. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2012
Yummy! I just made a double batch of this for a family reunion and it was a HUGE hit. I had people asking what my secret ingredient was (honey mustard puts this macaroni salad above all the rest.) I sent this recipe out to a bunch of family and friends after our reunion. Thanks so much for posting it! Read More
(7)
Rating: 3 stars
06/09/2014
This wasn't bad but not stand up either. I reduced milk to 1/2 cup per other reviews and found that I needed to add another 1/2 cup after it sat for a few hours. Personally I would also prefer without the egg. I also added a bit more veggies than called for with some red onion added to the mix very finely diced to add flavour and crunch. Read More
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