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Grandma’s Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad

There is never a bad time to serve macaroni salad… summertime… holiday time… you name it! Macaroni salad is kind of like meatloaf, when it comes to preparation. Everyone has their own recipe. And, if you ask nicely most people are willing to share their secret ingredients to their old fashioned macaroni salad!

I don’t know about you but this particular version of macaroni salad is one I truly consider to be “old-fashioned.” There’s just basic ingredients that go really well together and remind you of childhood picnics, camping trips or holidays at grandma’s house.

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Easy macaroni salad recipe

Pasta salad is something that’s really easy to make and tweak to your liking. I suggest chopping the celery and onions into extremely small pieces. It’s the best way I know of to allow the flavour to permeate through the whole bowl. It’s also easier to get picky kids to eat it!

If you don’t normally buy olive oil, no worries. Your favourite variety of oil will work just as well. Olive oil seems to give this old fashioned creamy macaroni salad a little extra boost of flavour and it’s better for you, health-wise. I’m not too sure about using coconut oil. But, if you’re feeling brave, why not give it a shot?

Making this recipe for old fashioned macaroni salad definitely isn’t rocket science. You may have to alter the macaroni salad with eggs recipe a bit, the first couple of times, to finally get the taste to where you want it to be. Once to accomplish that, it’s a great “bring a dish to pass” option that almost everyone loves.

How to easily peel boiled eggs

To ensure your boiled eggs peel as easily as possible, try this. Add salt to the water. When the eggs are finished boiling (around the 12 minute mark) run cold water over them until they’re cold. Next, crack each one on the counter a couple of times and put it back into the cold water for about 10 minutes. This typically makes the peeling process super easy!

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Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad

Grandma’s Macaroni Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 box of Macaroni Elbow Noodles
  • 4-5 Stalks of Celery
  • 1 Large Sweet Onion
  • 5-6 Large Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 1-2 cups Mayonnaise
  • ½-1 cup Sweet Relish
  • Salt
  • Club House Garlic & Herb (Old Bay for US residents)
  • Parsley Flakes
  • Olive Oil

how to make homemade macaroni salad

1. Boil macaroni elbow noodles in a large pot of water with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Season your water with salt. Cook until pasta is tender.

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2. Strain pasta, put back in pot and allow noodles to cool in the refrigerator.

3. Wash celery stalks and cut into thin slices.

4. Dice sweet onion into small pieces.

5. Chop hard boiled eggs into one inch pieces.

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6. Once noodles are cool, add mayonnaise, relish and spices. You may add more or less depending on your own individual tastes.

7. Add sliced celery, diced sweet onion and chopped egg. Stir into macaroni salad.

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8. Allow macaroni salad to rest in fridge for at least one hour before serving. Enjoy this homemade macaroni salad recipe!

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Grandma’s Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad

Lyne Proulx
This old fashioned macaroni salad will remind you of childhood picnics, camping trips and holidays at grandma's house!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 10 sides
Calories 384 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Large pot
  • 1 pasta strainer
  • Cutting board
  • Knife

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box Macaroni Elbow Noodles
  • 4-5 Stalks of Celery
  • 1 Large Sweet Onion
  • 5 Large Hard Boiled Eggs 5 to 6
  • 1-2 cups Mayonnaise
  • ½-1 cup Sweet Relish
  • Salt
  • Club House Garlic & Herb Old Bay for US
  • Parsley Flakes
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions
 

  • Boil macaroni elbow noodles in a large pot of water ( as per cooking instruction on package) with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Season your water with salt. Cook until pasta is tender.
  • Strain pasta, put back in pot and allow noodles to cool in the refrigerator.
  • Wash celery stalks and cut into thin slices.
  • Dice sweet onion into small pieces.
  • Chop hard boiled eggs into one inch pieces.
  • Once noodles are cool, add mayonnaise, relish and spices. You may add more or less depending on your own individual tastes.
  • Add sliced celery, diced sweet onion and chopped egg. Stir into macaroni salad.
  • Allow macaroni salad to rest in fridge for at least one hour before serving.

Notes

 
HOW TO EASILY PEEL BOILED EGGS
To ensure your boiled eggs peel as easily as possible, try this. Add salt to the water. When the eggs are finished boiling (around the 12 minute mark) run cold water over them until they’re cold. Next, crack each one on the counter a couple of times and put it back into the cold water for about 10 minutes. This typically makes the peeling process super easy!

Nutrition

Calories: 384kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 9gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 277mgPotassium: 158mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 290IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Grandma’s macaroni salad, Grandma’s old fashioned macaroni salad, macaroni salad, old fashioned macaroni salad
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Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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Comments

  1. i love that you add egg into it! I have never had a macaroni salad like that before. I will have to give this a try. it sounds and looks absolutely delicious

  2. This sounds delicious. I haven’t made it quite like this, but want to try it and see what the family thinks. It doesn’t look as “heavy” as the one I make. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This looks very easy to make! I enjoy myself a macaroni salad especially during the cold seasons. I love that this looks very cheesy!!! I LOVE LOTS AND LOTS OF CHEESE!!!

  4. This sounds really good . All the store bought macaroni salads are watery . I’ve been meaning to try making my own . Will pin this for later , thanks for posting the recipe 🙂

  5. This does look so good. I was just wondering what to do with a couple of peppers, I’d like to try this, and add the chopped pepper, too.

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