Perfect picnic macaroni salad

    20 min

    Macaroni pasta mixed with black olives, celery, spring onion, sweet pickle and seasoning in a creamy mustard and mayonnaise dressing. The perfect macaroni salad for a summer picnic or barbecue.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 450g macaroni pasta
    • 700g mayonnaise
    • 175g prepared mustard
    • 5 tablespoons sweet pickle (such as Branston®), or to taste
    • 280g tinned black olives, drained
    • 125g chopped celery
    • 50g chopped spring onions
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 pinch paprika, for garnish

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

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the macaroni, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and cool.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, relish, olives, celery and spring onions. Mix in the macaroni, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more mayonnaise if you like. For best flavour, cover and refrigerate overnight. Sprinkle with paprika just before serving.

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    EXCELLENT! Just what I wanted: a basic mac salad recipe. I would recommend mixing the mayo and mustard together and then slowly adding to the macaroni, to your taste (I am very particular about the amount of dressing on anything). I used the leftover mixture for deviled eggs and my mac salad was perfectly dressed. This is my new, official mac salad recipe!  -  24 May 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Grand Slam Mama! After reading the reviews, the only changes I made were decrease the mustard to 1/4 cup, add 4 Tbl apple cider vinegar with 2 Tbl sugar,and a tsp of mustard powder, mixed in 5 chopped hard boiled eggs and 3 sliced eggs on top of salad. In my opinion, it really does need all 3 cups of mayo--I started with 2 cups and then had to add the third. I rinsed and cooled the noodles before adding to the dressing. I will keep this recipe forever. I am taking it to a saint paddy's potluck tomorrow. Yo mama knew her stuff!  -  16 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Not a single thing changed, and it was fantastic! I had never made Macaroni Salad before but found myself with a half a package cooked after making Mac n Cheese the night before. This turned out wonderful, with a nice kick to it. No weird ingredients -- all staples. Every time I had tasted Mac Salad before, it had no appeal because it was so bland -- this I (and my co-workers) loved. My partner does not care for mustard, so it wasn't a fave of his, but he was the *only* one to say so. *Everyone* else -- about 5 people -- loved it! This is the recipe you've been looking for. It will be in my cookbook for years!  -  19 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)