The Wahlberg's Macaroni Salad

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 9 mins

From Food & Wine magazine, here's what they say: I doubt Mark Wahlberg ate this macaroni salad to get into such sick shape to play champion boxer Micky Ward in his film The Fighter. But thanks to his brother, chef Paul Wahlberg, we’ve got the recipe for the Wahlberg family macaroni salad. Mark says that no one makes the dish as well as their mother, Alma. But you can try by making their recipe for yourself! Or go to Paul’s cool new Mediterranean-Italian restaurant, Alma Nove in Hingham, Massachusetts, where the macaroni salad is on his menu at his brother’s request. At least in pasta salad season in summer. I have tweeked this just a little. Feel free to add olives, more veggies, etc. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the macaroni until al dente, about 8-9 minutes or to taste. Drain, then rinse the macaroni until cool. Drain very well.
  2. In a large bowl, add the garlic powder, celery salt and mayonnaise to the macaroni and toss to coat. Add cayenne if using. Stir in well.
  3. Stir in the green pepper, celery, onion and parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Chill before serving.
Most Helpful

4 5

This was good. Made as directed but used Veganaise to make the salad vegan. I liked the addition of celery salt- gave it a different but not unfamiliar taste. I also appreciated it was an easily adaptable recipe- it already didn't come with meat or eggs so I knew omitting them wouldn't affect the taste of the recipe. I'd add a red pepper for color next time, since the green pepper and the herbs made it plain old white and green.

5 5

I'm telling you, this is the macaroni salad that I can't stop craving! The fresh parsley takes it over the top. The amounts of vegetables is spot on for the pound of macaroni, although I do add more red onion than suggested. Also I haven't tried it with the celery salt--- been too broke to swing that $6 purchase as this is the only dish in my repertoire that calls for it. The amount of mayo seems kinda dry, but I keep to the recipe because it lends a coat of oil with the occasional clump of dairy goodness---not the traditional mac salad doused in mayo that I grew up on. Give it a try, you will get hooked!

3 5

Great basic mac salad! I loved the little bit of heat from the cayenne and the crunchiness from the pepper and celery. My new go to mac salad, thanks for sharing!