This is a favorite pot-luck macaroni salad with olives and celery blended together to create a sweet and creamy side dish!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 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. Add the macaroni, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and cool.

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  • In a large bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, relish, olives, celery and green onions. Mix in the macaroni, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more mayonnaise if you like. For best flavor, cover and refrigerate over night. Sprinkle with paprika just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

887.7 calories; 10.5 g protein; 53.8 g carbohydrates; 31.4 mg cholesterol; 1137.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2009
EXCELLENT! Just what I wanted: a basic mac salad recipe. I would recommend mixing the mayo and mustard together and then slowly adding to the macaroni to your taste (I am very particular about the amount of dressing on anything). I used the leftover mixture for deviled eggs and my mac salad was perfectly dressed. This is my new official mac salad recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/21/2006
This recipe turned put a little dry for me but I loved the mustard in it. I will try to make again to see if it can turn out a little less dry. Read More
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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2009
EXCELLENT! Just what I wanted: a basic mac salad recipe. I would recommend mixing the mayo and mustard together and then slowly adding to the macaroni to your taste (I am very particular about the amount of dressing on anything). I used the leftover mixture for deviled eggs and my mac salad was perfectly dressed. This is my new official mac salad recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2008
Grand Slam Mama! After reading the reviews the only changes I made were decrease the mustard to 1/4 cup add 4 Tbl apple cider vinegar with 2 Tbl sugar and a tsp of mustard powder mixed in 5 chopped hard boiled eggs and 3 sliced eggs on top of salad. In my opinion it really does need all 3 cups of mayo--I started with 2 cups and then had to add the third. I rinsed and cooled the noodles before adding to the dressing. I will keep this recipe forever. I am taking it to a saint paddy's potluck tomorrow. Yo mama knew her stuff! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2006
Not a single thing changed and it was fantastic! I had never made Macaroni Salad before but found myself with a half a package cooked after making Mac n Cheese the night before. This turned out wonderful with a nice kick to it. No weird ingredients -- all staples. Every time I had tasted Mac Salad before it had no appeal because it was so bland -- this I (and my co-workers) loved. My partner does not care for mustard so it wasn't a fave of his but he was the only one to say so. Everyone else -- about 5 people -- loved it! This is the recipe you've been looking for. It will be in my cookbook for years! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/20/2006
I've made this twice. I can't save it to my recipe box as written because the preferred version is my second attempt at making it with revisions as follows: Less mustard- 3 Tbsps. and the type I used was a German whole-grain dijon style. The addition of sweet red pepper relish in place of sweet pickle relish. Chopped in 1 medium red onion instead of the small green onions called for (store was out) and only 1 cup mayonnaise mixed with 2 Tbs sugar and approx 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (I suggest the vinegar be "to taste" as taste preferences vary from person to person). I kept the black olives (used jumbo size) but stuffed them with jarlsberg cheese because it together with the olives somewhat mimics the sweet/bold taste of the salad. I actually really liked that olive touch!! Thank you for providing me with inspiration to try a new type of pasta salad! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2008
Thank God for Mothers!!! Simple to make and great raves from the guys. I cut back on the mustard and found that more people liked the recipe. This is a real crowd pleaser!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2008
I did'nt put celery or black olives in mine. I put green onions red and green bell peppers. It was the hit of the party!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2006
I loved it and have made it more than once for family get togethers. Everyone was so impressed! The last time I made it I added some sunflower seeds to add some extra crunch. I liked the results but then again I'm a nut freak. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/16/2006
The ratio of mayonaise to mustard didn't seem quite right to me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2007
This was excellent. I was searching for a macaroni salad to serve with dinner but didn't want the same ol' thing. So I found this here and it was wonderful. My husband and I love it! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/21/2006
This recipe turned put a little dry for me but I loved the mustard in it. I will try to make again to see if it can turn out a little less dry. Read More
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