Southern Macaroni Salad makes a delicious addition to picnics, potlucks, and any get-together! An easy make-ahead staple, this macaroni salad is a definite go-to recipe for your summer parties!

Southern Macaroni Salad Recipe - Southern Macaroni Salad makes a delicious addition for picnics, potlucks, and any get together! An easy make-ahead staple, this macaroni salad is a definite go-to recipe for your summer parties! // addapinch.com

I love this easy macaroni salad! It is so simple to toss together for a quick and easy side dish any time of the year and is absolutely perfect for making ahead to serve, cover and keep in the refrigerator for cookouts, picnics, reunions, or any other gathering throughout the summer months! Cool and delicious, it always seems to go quickly!

Southern Macaroni Salad Recipe - Southern Macaroni Salad makes a delicious addition for picnics, potlucks, and any get together! An easy make-ahead staple, this macaroni salad is a definite go-to recipe for your summer parties! // addapinch.com

Southern Macaroni Salad Recipe

My macaroni salad recipe includes a few ingredients that I particularly love in macaroni salad, but you can absolutely customize the ingredients based on your preference. For instance, I love jalapenos and pimentos – so of course, I’ve included them in my salad. I also love the flavor of celery seed. I use it in my favorite coleslaw recipe and just can’t get enough of it! So, I added a bit of it to my this salad as well.

Some other additions that I love to include from time to time are halved grape tomatoes, green olives, and even bacon crumbles. Talk about divine!

My aunt always had boiled eggs in hers, but I decided to leave it out of mine so that those who couldn’t eat eggs could still enjoy it. But, it sure is mighty delicious in there, too!

How to Make Southern Macaroni Salad

Like I mentioned, you can really personalize your salad and make it to suit your tastes. Here’s how I make it often.

First, add the macaroni noodles, celery, jalapeno, pimentos, and green onions to a large bowl. In a small mixing bowl, stir together mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Pour over the macaroni and stir until well combined.

You can then serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. You can refrigerate it for up to two days if you want to make it ahead.

So, I guess the moral of this story is this.

Macaroni Salad.

Add whatever you want.

Leave out what you don’t.

Make it ahead.

Make it right before.

Make it often.

The end.

Here’s my Macaroni Salad Recipe. Make it soon!

Southern Macaroni Salad Recipe - Southern Macaroni Salad makes a delicious addition for picnics, potlucks, and any get together! An easy make-ahead staple, this macaroni salad is a definite go-to recipe for your summer parties! // addapinch.com

Southern Macaroni Salad Recipe

Southern Macaroni Salad Recipe - Southern Macaroni Salad makes a delicious addition to picnics, potlucks, and any get-together! An easy make-ahead staple, this macaroni salad is a definite go-to recipe for your summer parties!
5 from 3 votes

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Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 10
Course Salad
Calories: 317kcal
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked elbow macaroni noodles
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 medium jalapeno seeded and diced
  • 1 (4-ounce) jar diced pimentos
  • 2 medium green onions diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed

Instructions

  • Add the macaroni noodles, celery, jalapeno, pimentos, and green onions to a large bowl. In a small mixing bowl, stir together mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Pour over the macaroni and stir until well combined.
  • Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve, up to two days.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 401mg | Potassium: 12mg | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Southern Macaroni Salad Recipe - Southern Macaroni Salad makes a delicious addition for picnics, potlucks, and any get together! An easy make-ahead staple, this macaroni salad is a definite go-to recipe for your summer parties! // addapinch.com

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published in 2014.

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14 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. You said you left out eggs so those that can’t eat eggs can still enjoy it. You defeat your purpose by adding mayonnaise. It’s egg whites and oil. Error or oversight?

    1. Hi Joleena,
      My Mama is sensitive to eggs, but can eat mayonnaise unless it is homemade. So, she’s able to have mayonnaise in this macaroni salad. I hope that answered your question. Of course, you could always use Greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise if someone is unable to have eggs at all. Thanks so much!

  2. I have looked for many years for “the macaroni salad recipe”. Thanks to you, Robyn, I finally found it! I made this salad this morning, and tonight it’s all gone. Lol. Thank. You.

      1. Thanks. Just now saw your response when came back to refer to and make for a 3rd time. It’s definitely a hit!

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