My Mom's Awesome Macaroni Salad (enough to feed a crowd!)


This was my Mom's recipe. She never wrote anything down, so the amounts on the seasonings are estimates and 'to taste.' She always said the key ingredient was 'love.'

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
12 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni

  • 2 ½ cups mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup white vinegar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons seasoned salt, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 2 (5 ounce) cans chunk light tuna in water, drained and flaked

  • 2 (4 ounce) cans baby shrimp, drained

  • 1 large cucumber, seeded and chopped

  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped

  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped

  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced

  • 1 pinch paprika


  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. Rinse macaroni with cold water until chilled; drain.

  2. Mix mayonnaise, white vinegar, seasoned salt, sugar, garlic powder, and black pepper in a large bowl with a whisk until smooth. Stir tuna, baby shrimp, cucumber, and sweet onion into the mayonnaise mixture to coat ingredients completely; add chopped eggs and stir. Pour chilled macaroni into the bowl and stir; top with sliced eggs. Garnish salad with paprika.

  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour to overnight before serving.

Cook's Note:

I personally don't care for celery in salads, so I use cucumber instead, but you can definitely substitute celery in this recipe.

This is one of those salads that tastes even better the next day, thus my recommendation is to chill overnight, if possible.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

561 Calories
40g Fat
32g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 561
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g 52%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 162mg 54%
Sodium 451mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 260mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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