Pioneer Woman's Best Macaroni Salad Ever

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

From the Pioneer Woman. Feel free to add more or less sugar, salt and pepper to the dressing. Also add more of olives, onions, pickles or peppers, however much you like. You can also use canned pimentos in place of the red peppers.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook macaroni in lightly salted water till done. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  2. Mix mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, milk and pickle juice in medium sized bowl.
  3. In large bowl place cooked macaroni. Add about 3/4's of the mayonnaise mixture to the macaroni. Next add the peppers, pickles, olives and onions. If needed, add the remaining dressing. Add a splash of pickle juice to the salad. The salad dressing will thicken up after refrigeration.
  4. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.
Most Helpful

Very good macaroni salad, which I usually don't like because it tends to swim in dressing. That being said, I agree that it could still use more dressing than what the recipe calls for. Same for all the goodies - you could easily double the olives, pepper/pimentos, chopped sweet pickles, green onions AND dressing, and this would be even better.

Tricia M. July 16, 2015

I made this recipe as written but we found that it was way under dressed. Good flavor if you could catch some of the dressing but not enough. After making, I doubled the dressing recipe and added it in. This probably could have used more. The original recipe is very dry and tastes like an under seasoned bland macaroni salad. I should have had a warring when she stated what she hates about pasta salad. Double or triple the dressing and this could possible be a good macaroni salad.

mikecompton3232_12648454 November 05, 2014

Aussie Swap #75: This is a flavorful and delicious twist on the standard macaroni salad - I love the sweetness from the pickle juice!

Mom2Rose April 25, 2013