I remember my mom making the best macaroni salad when I was a kid. I wanted to make mine similar to hers, but added a few things I like, such as pimiento, vinegar, and a gherkin for a little tartness to balance out the sweetness. My husband, who doesn't really like pasta salads, loves this!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 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. Place macaroni in the pot, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water.

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  • In a large bowl, mix the macaroni, celery, sweet onion, pimentos, and pickle. In a separate bowl, mix the creamy salad dressing, mustard, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stir dressing into the macaroni mixture. Fold in the eggs. Chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

336 calories; protein 9.1g; carbohydrates 47g; fat 11.8g; cholesterol 116mg; sodium 761.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2005
Wonderful flavor without being too overwhelming. Rather than a sweet gherkin, I used chopped dill pickles. It is also good with tuna & peas as well as chopped ham. My family and guests love this salad. I have Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/15/2013
I tried this because I liked idea of adding sweet pickle to macaroni salad. But the dressing was a little too sweet and vinegary for my taste, and it kind of drowned out the flavor of the pickle. I may try it again with less vinegar and sugar. Read More
(4)
69 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 47
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2005
Wonderful flavor without being too overwhelming. Rather than a sweet gherkin, I used chopped dill pickles. It is also good with tuna & peas as well as chopped ham. My family and guests love this salad. I have Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2007
Looks like I'm rating my own recipe ... but I just want everyone to know that this dressing also works perfectly with potatoes for potato salad! I just made it yesterday and it tastes great. I took 4 russet potatoes, peeled & diced, boiled them in salted water just until they gave when pierced with a fork, then drained them and let them cool before following with the rest of the recipe. Even though it was good slightly warm, I think it tastes best when you let the flavors marry overnight before serving. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2005
This is the best salad I've ever had. We enjoyed this at a Memorial Day cook-out and it was the hit of the meal! Everyone loved it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/27/2005
This was a good recipe but I thought a little on the sweet side. Maybe I used too much sweet pickle. Will definitely try it again Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2011
I followed the recipe exact using Hellman's mayonnaise instead of salad dressing (which I assume means Miracle Whip which none of us like) and I added fresh ground pepper to taste. I was the only one who did not like this salad. For me it was just too sweet. My husband and two boys absolutely loved it. The only thing my family did say is that it needed more pickles (my oldest boy) and a little more seasoning (husband). I'll make this again for them. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2005
I liked this recipe. The dressing was just a little too sweet for my kids but I thought it was very good. I left out the pimentos and used a dill pickle chopped up for the sweet gherkin. Will make again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2005
Very good. I didn't use pimentos and I also used dill instead of sweet pickles in this salad. I think sweet would have been just as good though but I just used what I had on hand. I also added some sweet peas which added a lot I think. All in all a pretty good mac salad recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2013
OMG!! Best macaroni salad I've ever tasted! I used medium shell pasta for the macaroni, Hellman's mayonnaise for the dressing, and I skipped the pimiento (didn't have any). I also reduced the sugar to 1/4 cup and added 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. This salad is amazing!! It came out very soupy at first, but after it chilled a while, it thickened up perfectly. I rinsed the noodles in warm water instead of cold, which helps them absorb the dressing better. Thanks for the great recipe, Timsgal. It's a new favorite! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/18/2011
I needed to use less vinegar and sugar. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/15/2013
I tried this because I liked idea of adding sweet pickle to macaroni salad. But the dressing was a little too sweet and vinegary for my taste, and it kind of drowned out the flavor of the pickle. I may try it again with less vinegar and sugar. Read More
(4)
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