This is trusty, tried and true, and the recipe I always turn to. However, I make two changes. The first is that I use regular Dijon mustard instead of the Dijonnaise, and the second is that I add about 1/4-1/2 t. dried dill (just a personal preference). It's really not much, but it just gives the right touch.
This by far is the best recipe I've tried and I have tried many different versions. I always go to this one first with no changes. The Dijonnaise is what really makes this dish, in my opinion.
5 stars, what else, my family has been using this recipe ever since we can remember, at least 30 yrs now. Mom always used the hellmans recipe for macaroni salad and the potato salad. Heaven forbid she had to buy on a quick fix a container of either from the deli or supermarket. She would be like "I can't eat this ****" and proceed to get the ever present Hellmans mayo out and start adding and stirring away until "mayoee enough" LOL. I leave out the green pepper myself (one of my children absolutely will not eat them) , and to both I add a smidge of fresh dill. I also occasionally switch out the pasta, usually to shells or rotini, depending on what I have in pantry at any given time, which I of course gets the "eye roll" from mom. Thanks for submitting, I love the way this site brings back memories of favorite childhood experiences for so many people, and I am sure this one will generate many. I made this today, because I had a yen for Hummells hotdogs, (very popular in southern Ct) , and always have the dogs with this macaroni salad, homemade Boston baked beans, and occasionally Boston brown bread, talk about your born and bred New Englander, would never live anywhere else!!!!
So I made a few changes, #1 I used tri color rotini noodles because I had them on hand for another recipe, #2 I added cherry tomatoes, celery, and green peppers! SO GOOD!! **I made this for the first time tonight. I picked this recipe for PAC Spring 2009. My boyfriend and I loved it, we both agree this is going to be a keeper! Thank you so much for sharing! Oh, and I took pictures but can't find my camera cord, so I will have to post them tomorrow! Thanks again!
I remember years ago my great grandmother use this recipe or something very similar to it,back then tho ,i believe she used plain mustard.I'm planning on making some seafood salad using the same recipe except adding lobster,scallops,shrimp and maybe some crab meat .I would like to ask other reviewers what do they think?
This is a very good base dressing, but it was a little bitter/salty to my tasste so I added a few tablespoons of sweet relish to mellow it out. Then it tasted like the macaroni salad I grew up with. (Mom probably started with the basic Hellman's recipe, too, since it was her go-to brand).