Mom’s Macaroni Salad

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dish full of macaroni salad with red spoon

This recipe is a classic from my childhood. I made it last week while my mom was here. She said, “I love your macaroni salad.” I said, “What are you talking about? It’s your macaroni salad.” Her response? “It’s better when you make it.” So, if you really want to make this good, have someone else do the cooking. My mom says so.

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Mom's Macaroni Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Chilling Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
Stir up these quick and easy macaroni salad in minutes. Studded with celery, red onion, and cheddar cheese, wrapped in a creamy mayo dressing, this pasta's packed with flavor and perfect for picnicking.
Course: Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy pasta salad, macaroni, macaroni salad, pasta salad
Servings: 8
Calories: 276 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 1/2 cups dry salad macaroni or small shell pasta
  • 3 ribs celery chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 pound cheddar cheese cubed
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain well and allow to cool.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine macaroni, celery, onion, mayo, and cheese cubes. Season with dill weed and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Chill until ready to serve. Serve cold.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional value is based on 1/8 of the recipe.

The salad can be made up to 4 days in advance, stored in the refrigerator. Add more mayonnaise if needed.

Nutrition Facts
Mom's Macaroni Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 224mg10%
Potassium 65mg2%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 170IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



About Jessica Fisher

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  1. Julie says

    Thanks for posting. I love this recipe! I tried it out last summer and everyone loved it! Making it again this weekend!

  2. Genevieve says

    I like to prepare cheap yet delicious and good looking nutritious foods,,so I love this one

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