Total Time
40mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins

I love this recipe because it reminds you of some of the variations possible with a simple macaroni salad. I doubled this recipe (I'll post it as listed) and added cheddar cheese, bacon, and hard-cooked eggs. Feel free to try any of the variations below. Recipe courtesy of The Pillsbury Cookbook.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 14 cup pickle relish (chopped) or 14 cup sweet pickle (chopped)
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion, chopped
  • 34 mayonnaise or 34 salad dressing
  • Any of the following may be added

  • 2 -3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 1 -2 cup cheese, cubed
  • 12 cup nuts, chopped
  • Meat and Seafood Additions

  • 6 12 ounces tuna (drained and flaked) or 6 12 ounces crabmeat (drained and flaked)
  • 12-1 cup salmon or 12-1 cup shrimp, drained if using canned
  • 1 -2 cup bacon (crisply cooked) or 1 -2 cup sausage (any meat)
  • Vegetable Additions

  • 1 cup peas or 1 cup carrot, cooked
  • 14 cup stuffed olives or 14 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon green peppers or 1 tablespoon pimiento, chopped
  • 1 carrot, shredded

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni to desired doneness as directed on package.
  2. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. In large bowl, combine macaroni with remaining ingredients and toss lightly. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.
  4. Macaroni-Fruit Salad: Omit pickle relish and onion. Substitute whipped cream or topping for mayonnaise. Fold in 1 to 2 cups cut-up fresh or drained canned fruit.
  5. Rice-Salad: Substitute 2 cups of cooked rice for the macaroni.
Most Helpful

This was good, but I felt it needed something -- I am just not sure what that "something" is... I will play around with it though -- perhaps some additional "additions." For mine this time I used eggs and cheese. Better the day after I made it (once it had time to set in the fridge and have the flavors mingle). Would like to try bacon and peas next time :)

iewe February 26, 2010