This macaroni salad has been in my family for generations. and I have never had anyone say they don't love it! I have friends who constantly ask me for the recipe, yet I have never given it out....until now. This salad is the BEST macaroni salad in the world, you just gotta try it to believe me! Please rate if you like it! I love to serve this with hamburgers or bratwurst on a summer day! This goes very well at any party and even at Thanksgiving!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
14
Yield:
14 servings
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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 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 until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes; drain. Rinse with cold water to cool completely; drain.

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  • Mix macaroni, tuna, eggs, tomatoes, onion, and cucumber in a large mixing bowl.

  • Whisk salad dressing and milk together in a separate bowl until smooth. Beat sugar, mustard, pepper, and salt into the dressing mixture; pour over the macaroni mixture and stir to coat.

  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

367 calories; protein 13.9g 28% DV; carbohydrates 38.1g 12% DV; fat 17.1g 26% DV; cholesterol 115.9mg 39% DV; sodium 761.6mg 31% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (16)

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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2013
This is a great salad! I like a few more tomatoes in mine but otherwise it was perfect! Thanks. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/09/2013
WAY too much dressing which was WAY too sweet, I did not like the raw onion and cucumbers in it either...but I could substitute more to my taste green pepper and get the same effect. The tomatoes were a nice addition. won't make this again Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2013
This is a great salad! I like a few more tomatoes in mine but otherwise it was perfect! Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2013
Was looking for some summer comfort food and this fit the bill. I used a tablespoon of honey instead of sugar. So good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2013
I love this recipe! I tried it the first way and felt it was a little too tangy and too much dressing so I used 1 1/2 cups of Miracle Whip and 3/4 cup of Hellman's mayo and cut the milk to a 1/4 cup. I also added 1/4 cup of pre-shredded carrot cut into smaller pieces. I love how simple and refreshing it is great on a really hot summer day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2013
u r so right!!! this is the best mac salad i ever ate and i've eaten many.thank you for sharing.it makes plenty for a crowd.my pickey son loved it.said it was the best salad i ever made however i gave u the credit.thanks again Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/31/2014
Very good and easy. After reading other reviews I only used 1/2 the amount of Miracle Whip (still a bit too much I'd say). I used 2 Tbsp of mustard and also substituted the sugar with 1 Tbsp honey. I only had 3 hard boiled eggs and no cucumber. So I used a stalk of celery that gave it a nice crunch. I also added an extra can of tuna. The best thing about this recipe is you can easily change it up and use what you like or have on hand. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/09/2013
WAY too much dressing which was WAY too sweet, I did not like the raw onion and cucumbers in it either...but I could substitute more to my taste green pepper and get the same effect. The tomatoes were a nice addition. won't make this again Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/07/2013
Yielded way to much sauce so I will reduce milk and dressing next time. I used mayo instead of miracle whip so the sweetness was perfect. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/17/2013
made this salad and was really good but i added half of the mayo i think it was too much and added less milk Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2018
I have easily made this recipe at least 15-20 times in the past 2 years since I first discovered the recipe. I do make a few modifications (though it's perfectly great as written!): I omit the tuna and cucumber and add a few stalks of finely chopped celery. I also swap out the Miracle Whip for real mayo and use radiatore-shaped pasta instead of elbow macaroni. Oh and red onion instead of white. I find that the radiatore holds helps to trap the creamy dressing and bits of egg and veggies. I make the dressing exactly as written with the yellow mustard sugar and milk and it's SO good. This is now my go-to recipe and every time I have a potluck or family gathering people beg me to make it. Thank you for such a great concoction! Read More
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