Perfect Macaroni Salad

    30 min

    A yummy pasta salad, which is simple to make and tastes fantastic. Macaroni is tossed with celery, black olives, red onion and green peppers in a creamy salad dressing.

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    Serves: 10 

    • 450g macaroni
    • 250g creamy salad dressing
    • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1 1/2 sticks celery, chopped
    • 100g pitted black olives, chopped
    • 75g chopped red onion
    • 75g chopped green pepper
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add macaroni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    2. In a medium bowl, blend creamy salad dressing, cider vinegar and milk.
    3. In a large bowl, mix the cooked macaroni, celery, olives, red onion and green pepper. Toss with the creamy salad dressing mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill until serving.

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    Perfect!  -  02 Oct 2015


    classic and good--you have to use mayonnaise, though, none of that whip stuff....  -  14 Jul 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    First I should say that I am not really the one to be rating mac salad, as I am not a fan of it. Surprisingly, this is one of the few American dishes that my husband loves, and when I saw there were olives in this(family owns olive orchards), I knew I had to make it for him. I followed the recipe to the 't'..down to measuring w/measuring cups. The only subs I made were red onion instead of vidallia (for color) and used both green and black olives. I also had half of a cucumber left over from some cuke sauce so I finely chopped the half small cuke and added that. I thought I had written the recipe down wrong and had omitted eggs. I have never made mac salad w/o eggs before but did not miss them. My husband loved this and I too, liked it very much. It was not real sweet, which is my problem w/liking mac salad....(that darned ole' sweet pickle relish). There was a nice balance of vegetable flavor; one was not too overpowering of the other. I added salt at the end because our olives come from hubby's family and are pretty heavily brined. This is the salad I will make from now on.  -  02 Feb 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)