Made this last night for a gathering my mom is attending today. She tasted it just a bit ago and said it was amazingly good, as she usually doesn't like pasta salads. I did have to add an extra cup of mayo (used the whole fat stuff last night and the extra cup is fat free) to get the creaminess back to it, but it worked out just fine.
Update: Ahhh, I just found this recipe again after a LONG time. I lost my printout and for some reason, I didn't put it in my keeper cookbook on here. I made this for the church Sunday school kick off tomorrow. I put in some halved cherry tomatoes for color. Used tricolor rotini and yellow mustard. I gave mom a small bowl of it and she came back in or seconds. :D Thanks again!
I made this for a small BBQ at my house. Everyone raved about it! It wasn't sweet, even though there's sugar in it. I hate sweet salads! The vinegar and lemon add the right balance of freshness and makes it less heavy. I will be making this again, and again! Thank you!
This pasta salad was incredible! Let's face it...most macaroni salads go unnoticed. NOT THIS ONE! I times it by 4 for a big BBQ event and everyone loved it. I used red wine vinegar, half of the lemon juice, and red chopped red onion and dijon mustard. It is true...use the Barilla elbow mac...it does have ridges! Make the dressing as early as you can to let the salt, sugar, and pepper meld. I added the onion, celery and peppers to the mix. This is a winner! Enjoy it this summer!
Delicious! Nice and tangy. I love the lemon juice and onion, it really perks it up. I finely chopped my celery and red bell pepper and minced my onion for a more deli-like texture. Delicious! Easy to double, too. Thanks!
Great base recipe. Ihad to add some extra mayo and sugar to cut the acidity. Will probably cut the lemon juice next time. I also added some celery seed.
This is a great macaroni salad. I loved it and will definitely be making it again this way. The only thing I changed was the mayo (I used Hellman's,) and it was delicious. Thanks for sharing!
A really good macaroni salad recipe. I made half of the recipe. Very good.
delicious and fresh. so much better than the stuff you buy at the deli counter. Rekindled my taste for macaroni salad!
I've been making mac. salad for years. I was VERY leery of adding the sugar, but always willing to try new/different things, it actually turned out good! It had to be the combination of the lemon; Dijon and vinegar because I was very surprised! (I cannot stand sweet salads!). As far as variations go, I added 4 hard-boiled eggs, diced carrots and radishes along with the onions and celery. I also used Hellman's mayonnaise. I was happy to mix up my old macaroni salad with a new twist! Thanks Joan!
Loved this....made a few adjustments. Left out sugar and put in 1 extra cup of mayonaise as we like a more less tangy/non-sweet salad. Was very good. Plan to take it to my next carry-in function