Dunkley's Famous Macaroni Salad

Total Time
Prep 4 hrs
Cook 0 mins

For large gatherings, I think this salad would go over great! This is one of the best tasting macaroni salads I have ever had! I know there are a lot of ingredients, but don't skimp. The flavor sensation is absolutely incredible!! I saw this on Food Network's 'Calling All Cooks', and got the recipe from the website. This recipe serves about 25 people. NOTE: The ORIGINAL recipe calls for 1-2 Tbsps. garlic salt, and that's the way I entered the recipe. If you are salt sensitive, I suggest you use less. You can always add more.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil.
  2. Add macaroni and cook until it is al dente, approximately 7-9 minutes.
  3. DO NOT OVERCOOK the pasta or it will fall apart when the salad is tossed together.
  4. Rinse macaroni until cool.
  5. Drain well and let it dry out slightly.
  6. Place pasta in a large bowl.
  7. Carefully fold in celery, onion, cheddar, Swiss cheese, Parmesan, dill pickles, salami, and black olives.
  8. Refrigerate the mixture, covered, overnight (or refrigerate for at least 2 hours).
  9. Mix the garlic salt, minced garlic, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, dry mustard and celery salt together. Add to the salad.
  10. Fold in pimentos.
  11. Mix 1 cup of mayonnaise and horseradish; fold into the salad. (You may use up to another 1/2 cup mayonnaise, if needed).
  12. Refrigerate for another 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving.
Most Helpful

Best macaroni salad I have every made, without a doubt. We had a big family get together and it was one of the most popular dishes I served. The mayo sauce is definitely the clincher. Thanks Miss Annie. Appreciate you.

ratherbeswimmin' November 04, 2002

I fixed this for a large gathering and there wasn't any left to bring home! I had several requests for the recipe. This was an easy salad to put together and I liked the fact that it sat overnight without the dressing. That was added the next day. One note: I've found that if a macaroni salad has to sit before being served, that a few tablespoons of warm water added will bring back the creaminess without having to add more mayo. Thanks for a great recipe, will be making this one again for sure.

Susan Dillard May 20, 2009

Yum Yum!!! This was so good! I took it to a fellowship dinner and it was devoured! I omitted the salami and the parmesan cheese and added frozen peas. I used the black olives and added green olives too! Thanks for a great recipe!

Sharon123 March 01, 2003

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