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Amish Macaroni Salad

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Amish Macaroni Salad is a potluck classic! This pasta salad combines cooked macaroni, hard boiled eggs, crispy veggies and a creamy dressing for a side dish your friends will ask for again and again.

Bowl of macaroni salad with another bowl and a plate of bread in the background

This might sound a little strange, but one of my very favorite foods is macaroni salad.

Although it’s not necessarily something I make very often in the fall and winter, it’s a staple around here in the spring and summer.

If you’re having a barbecue and I’m invited, odds are I’m bringing the macaroni salad and chocolate chip cookies or a lemon cheesecake, that’s just the way things roll. And let’s be real, who is going to complain about any of those?

Years ago I fell in love with a sweet macaroni salad that I had in Amish Country and I scoured the web and tweaked a recipe until we thought it was perfect and I’m finally sharing it with you!


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MY MACARONI SALAD DRESSING RECIPE

I’m going to just go ahead and get this out in the open:

My recipe for macaroni salad dressing uses Miracle Whip instead of mayonnaise.

Bowl of macaroni salad next to a plate of sliced bread

Depending on where you grew up, you are probably either nodding at your screen right now or your jaw just dropped in shock.

Look, I definitely have recipes that use mayonnaise. My Amish Ham and Pea Salad and my French Onion Chip Dip both come to mind.

But I also grew up in the Midwest and around here, we aren’t afraid to grab a jar of Miracle Whip for certain recipes.

Bowl of macaroni salad with a fork in it

If you are unfamiliar, Miracle Whip uses a bit less oil than mayo and includes some sugar and spices that mayo does not. Because of this, Miracle Whip has a bit of a sweeter flavor than mayonnaise.

If you really don’t want to use Miracle Whip in this recipe, you can go ahead and use mayo instead. Just know that if you’ve ever eaten my Amish Macaroni Salad at a potluck or barbecue before, it won’t taste quite the same!

Ingredients for making macaroni salad

HOW TO MAKE MACARONI SALAD

Amish Macaroni Salad is a great side dish to take to a potluck or barbecue because you really do need to make it ahead of time for the best flavor. It just tastes better as it sits!

As you might guess, Amish Macaroni Salad starts with cooked and cooled elbow macaroni. While the pasta cools, go ahead and stir together your dressing.

Overhead view of two bowls of macaroni salad

A little Miracle Whip, dill pickle relish, mustard, vinegar and sugar make a creamy and tangy-sweet dressing that appeals to almost everyone’s tastes. I think the combo of flavors in the dressing are why everyone always goes crazy for this salad.

Macaroni salad in a glass bowl, covered with plastic wrap

In addition to the pasta and the dressing, my macaroni salad recipe uses hard boiled eggs, chopped sweet onion, celery, and red bell pepper. It’s crunchy, cool, and creamy all at once.

Of course, you can get a little creative on your mix-ins if you like. You could leave out the eggs if you want or add green bell pepper instead of red. It’s really all about what you like!

Overhead view of two bowls of macaroni salad

I just happen to think the ingredients in my version of Amish Macaroni Salad are pretty traditional.

If you’re headed to a Labor Day cookout this year, bring along a batch of Amish Macaroni Salad. I know it’ll be a hit!

Overhead view of a bowl of macaroni salad

Overhead view of a bowl of macaroni salad

Amish Macaroni Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

Amish Macaroni Salad is a potluck classic! This pasta salad combines cooked macaroni, hard boiled eggs, crispy veggies and a creamy dressing for a side dish your friends will ask for again and again.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups Miracle Whip
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • ¼ diced cup sweet onion
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender. Drain, and set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the Miracle Whip, relish, mustard, sugar, vinegar, salt, pepper, and celery seed. 
  3. In a large bowl mix together the cooked and cooled macaroni with the dressing. Gently fold in eggs, onion, celery and bell pepper. 
  4. Cover and cool for at least 3 hours before serving.

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M

Sunday 24th of July 2022

I made this for a family BBQ and it is delicious and was a hit! Followed the recipe exactly but cut the black pepper in half, and didn't add the eggs. Thanks for the great recipe!

Jamie

Monday 25th of July 2022

So glad you enjoyed the macaroni salad! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your feedback! Happy baking – Jamie

Susan

Saturday 2nd of July 2022

I gotta let you know I just made this and it is delicious. Made for a get together, omitted egg, to many haters. Inadvertently used quarter cup for sugar, but I think it’s plenty sweet/tart enough. When researching this recipe yours made the most sense and man oh man was I right. Thank you a billion times, keeper for sure.

Jamie

Monday 18th of July 2022

So glad you enjoyed the salad! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your feedback. Happy baking! -Jamie

Diane Jones

Monday 25th of April 2022

I just love this pasta salad, my husband can't get enough.thanks. so much. Diane

Jamie

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

So glad you love the recipe, Diane! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your feedback. Happy baking! Jamie

Vaike

Wednesday 11th of August 2021

Love this Macaroni Salad! I don't add the egg, but I do mix in shredded Tex Mex cheese right before serving.

Jamie

Friday 13th of August 2021

Love that idea, Vaike!

Janet

Sunday 30th of August 2020

This is the most delicious pasta salad I've ever made. I am keeping this recipe and making it again soon.

Jamie

Monday 31st of August 2020

So happy to hear you enjoyed the macaroni salad, Janet! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

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