Dunkley's Famous Macaroni Salad

"For large gatherings, I think this salad would go over great! This is one of the best tasting macaroni salads I have ever had! I know there are a lot of ingredients, but don't skimp. The flavor sensation is absolutely incredible!! I saw this on Food Network's 'Calling All Cooks', and got the recipe from the website. This recipe serves about 25 people. NOTE: The ORIGINAL recipe calls for 1-2 Tbsps. garlic salt, and that's the way I entered the recipe. If you are salt sensitive, I suggest you use less. You can always add more."
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Ready In:




  • Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil.
  • Add macaroni and cook until it is al dente, approximately 7-9 minutes.
  • DO NOT OVERCOOK the pasta or it will fall apart when the salad is tossed together.
  • Rinse macaroni until cool.
  • Drain well and let it dry out slightly.
  • Place pasta in a large bowl.
  • Carefully fold in celery, onion, cheddar, Swiss cheese, Parmesan, dill pickles, salami, and black olives.
  • Refrigerate the mixture, covered, overnight (or refrigerate for at least 2 hours).
  • Mix the garlic salt, minced garlic, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, dry mustard and celery salt together. Add to the salad.
  • Fold in pimentos.
  • Mix 1 cup of mayonnaise and horseradish; fold into the salad. (You may use up to another 1/2 cup mayonnaise, if needed).
  • Refrigerate for another 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving.

Questions & Replies

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  1. ritarudkin
    Is the calorie count correct?


  1. ratherbeswimmin
    Best macaroni salad I have every made, without a doubt. We had a big family get together and it was one of the most popular dishes I served. The mayo sauce is definitely the clincher. Thanks Miss Annie. Appreciate you.
  2. Sharon123
    Yum Yum!!! This was so good! I took it to a fellowship dinner and it was devoured! I omitted the salami and the parmesan cheese and added frozen peas. I used the black olives and added green olives too! Thanks for a great recipe!
  3. Susan Dillard
    I fixed this for a large gathering and there wasn't any left to bring home! I had several requests for the recipe. This was an easy salad to put together and I liked the fact that it sat overnight without the dressing. That was added the next day. One note: I've found that if a macaroni salad has to sit before being served, that a few tablespoons of warm water added will bring back the creaminess without having to add more mayo. Thanks for a great recipe, will be making this one again for sure.
  4. Abbeygurl
    I've made this several times and it's always a hit! I use shredded cheese because it's just easier and I mix up all the ingredients at once and refrigerate for several hours. Try it!
  5. Kim D.
    I made this to take to my father-in-law's B-day party and it was a huge hit! I got several requests for the recipe. I followed the recipe exactly, except that I forgot to add the fresh garlic. However, it was still delicious! This recipe is a keeper!!!


  1. rii.jed
    FYI: You can also swap out 'only' the 'macaroni', and replace with 'potatoes': chilled, boiled and diced, for a great tasting potato salad!
  2. wishonabreze
    I play with this a bit. subbing different pickles, cheeses and meats. It always tasted great. The original formula is perfect for playing. Thank you for posting it here!
  3. Hollybelle2012
    I never cared for Macaroni salad, but I love this. You do have to cut back on the garlic salt. I use 2 teaspoons and shake the garlic salt well before I use, Most of the time I prefer to use garlic powder and that evens the salt out. I can never find powdered horseradish. I leave it out or sometimes just mix a dab of horseradish out of the jar in with the mayo. I have also substituted the swiss cheese with white jack or white cheddar in a pinch. This salad adapts very well.
  4. ItalianPrincess3
    We had mom and dad coming over for chicken on the grill, and I wanted a pasta salad to go with it. From all the good reviews I thought this one would be good to try. I used garlic powder instead of the garlic salt, where I was already using celery salt. With the salty meat and cheeses, I didn't want to overpower it, so it didn't taste good. I will make again sometime, but will probably use a low sodium ham in it, or none at all for that matter! Also, I will leave out the horseradish, as I'm not crazy about it in this dish. Thank you!
  5. JOY1998
    I made this for the second time and added bacon instead of salami. WOW! We loved it. Best macaroni salad that I have ever had.



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