Macaroni Dandy Salad

"My mom has been making this salad for years. It is a lighter, more "summery" macaroni salad with a flavor that is quite different from that of traditional macaroni salad. Great for summer BBQs!"
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  • Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  • Rinse with cold water, drain, and place in large bowl.
  • In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, lemon juice, sugar, celery seed, salt, and pepper.
  • Combine with macaroni and remaining ingredients.
  • Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until serving.
  • Serve on top of salad greens or from bowl.

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  1. We've always made this recipe adding 1-2 cans flaked tuna. It makes a complete cold meal for a hot summer day. Try it!
  2. I lost my recipe and this is the only mac.salad I will make...thank goodness you it! thanks
  3. I was hoping this recipe was posted. This is the only macaroni salad my mom ever made and I love it, especially the next day after it sits for awhile and the flavors combine. My mom's recipe calls for 2 cups dry macaroni, 1/3 cup of Mayo and 1 tsp lemon juice, but basically it's the same recipe as here. Thanks for posting! I hope others try this different and tasty macaroni salad!
  4. Pretty good. Found it to be somewhat bland on first taste so I added a little more miracle whip, about a teaspoon of garlic salt and a small dash of cayenne pepper to jazz up the flavor some.


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