Loaded with red onion, celery, red bell pepper, sweet pickles, hard boiled eggs and a creamy mayo dressing, this classic Southern Macaroni Salad is one of those staples that should be on every table at every gathering.  And the really good thing (other than the delicious flavors) is that it’s so easy to make with just a few ingredients that most of us already have in our pantries and fridges!

A bowl of southern macaroni salad loaded with red onion, red bell pepper, celery, boiled eggs and elbow macaroni.

Southern Macaroni Salad Scripture

What You Need To Make Southern Macaroni Salad

  • elbow macaroni
  • red bell pepper
  • red onion
  • celery
  • sweet pickle relish
  • hard boiled eggs
  • mayonnaise 
  • mustard
  • sugar, salt, pepper, paprika and parsley

A bowl of cooked elbow macaroni and ingredients for macaroni salad

This recipe definitely makes enough to feed a crowd, so it’s perfect to take to potlucks, cookouts, family reunions or anywhere you might want to take a potato salad but don’t want all the hassle of peeling and boiling potatoes.  In contrast to potatoes, a firm but tender pasta only takes 7 minutes on the boil with no prep work at all!  Genius!

An aerial view of Southern Macaroni Salad bursting with red bell pepper, celery, red onion, sweet pickles and eggs.

This quick and easy salad is the perfect partner to almost anything- pretty little sandwiches, pulled pork, ham, burgers… And if I add cubes of sharp cheddar cheese, my guys will raid the fridge and eat it by the bowlful as an afternoon (or midnight) snack.

Southern Macaroni in 2 stacked red bowls.

There is positively no shortage of good ideas about when to serve (or eat) this easy macaroni salad.  Full of color and loaded with flavor, its simple ingredients are what make it so versatile and so delicious. This classic dish makes it easy to bring a little homemade love to your family table!

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Southern Macaroni Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Chill
30 mins
Total Time
22 mins
 

Loaded with red onion, celery, red bell pepper, sweet pickles and hard boiled eggs, Southern Macaroni is one of those staples that should be on every table at every gathering.

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookout, Easy Recipe, holiday, picnic, potluck
Servings: 8
Author: Stacey | Southern Discourse
Ingredients
  • 16 oz elbow macaroni
  • 1 C diced red bell pepper
  • 1 C diced celery
  • 1 C diced red onion
  • 1 C sweet pickle relish
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, diced
  • 1 c mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • paprika and chopped fresh parsley to garnish
Instructions
  1. Cook macaroni al dente, about 7 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Strain. Rinse with cool water and allow to cool.

  2. While pasta is cooking and cooling, dice the onion, pepper, celery and eggs.  Set aside.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together mayo, mustard and sugar to create the dressing.  Set aside.

  4. When macaroni is completely cooled, toss in vegetables, eggs and sweet relish.  Gently fold in the mayonnaise dressing.  Salt & pepper to taste.  Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika.

  5. Serve immediately or chill for 30 minutes or overnight before serving.

Making It Easy to Make & Serve

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