Mamma's Macaroni Salad

My mamma has made this macaroni salad for as long as I can remember. A spring or summer cookout is not complete without this side dish.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Cool Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 ½ cups uncooked elbow macaroni

  • 1 ½ cups mayonnaise

  • ½ cup minced red onion

  • ½ cup minced celery

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 tablespoons chopped pimento

  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and allow to cool.

  2. Combine mayonnaise, red onion, celery, parsley, pimento, relish, salt, and pepper in a bowl.

  3. Once macaroni has cooled, add to the mixing bowl and toss to combine with the dressing. Chill until read to serve for about 2 hours.

Cook's Notes:

Once the pasta has drained, pour pasta into a bowl full of cool water and add ice cubes to speed up the cooling process.

The dressing works great with potato salad as well - swap out the pasta with diced cooked potatoes (about 3 cups), 1 hard-boiled egg, and 2 tablespoons yellow mustard.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

508 Calories
44g Fat
25g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 508
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 57%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 528mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Protein 4g
Potassium 134mg 3%

* 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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