Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

Unique recipe, inherited from my in-laws. Originated on pasta package. Interesting combination of ingredients. Very nice picnic salad. Quick and easy.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 16 ounces salad macaroni
  • 1 12 cups mayonnaise
  • 12 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar sweet pickle relish
  • 1 12 cups celery, chopped
  • 12 cup onion, minced
  • 1 can olive, chopped
  • salt and pepper


  1. Boil macaroni to al dente (per pkg directions).
  2. Rinse with cold water and set aside to dry.
  3. Combine mayo, marinara, relish, celery, onion and olives.
  4. Add macaroni to mixture.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Refrigerate 3-4 hours.


Most Helpful

Great salad and very different. I upped the chili powder to 1 teaspoon. I found the marinara and sweet pickles a good combination of flavors. Very zesty and full of crunch. I served it over Memorial Day and my family/friends all thought it was delicious too. Thanks joathome.

ratherbeswimmin' May 28, 2003

This sounded so good, and a nice change from the usual pasta salad. However, it just didn't do it for us. It was like cold chef-boyardee with mayo. Left-overs stayed left over until health concerns decreed it was time for the dispose-all. Obviously others found it great so just know that it doesn't suit all taste-buds.

Catte Nappe November 03, 2005

This was easy to make and quite tasty. A nice change to a traditional macaroni salad. I didn't have any chili powder, so I used cayenne pepper instead. I think I used too little, though (I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to spicy food), because I didn't really taste it. Next time I'll try it as directed. Thanks, Jo!

HeatherDiane July 05, 2004

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