Southern-Style Macaroni Salad

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Southern Style Macaroni Salad

Just in time for your Fourth of July celebrations, and for the rest of your Summer cookouts, I’m revisiting my Southern-Style Macaroni Salad recipe. 

So, I am revisiting this post for two reasons. The first reason is that back in 2012 when I posted this recipe for Southern-Style Macaroni Salad the first time, my food photography skills were abysmal. So, there is that. A new and improved photo.

But also back in 2012, I lamented the fact that I could no longer find the “real” type of macaroni used to make this salad. I know, I know, macaroni is macaroni, right? Well, not really.

For me, there is only one type of pasta that is “right” for macaroni salad. It is the little, straight, thin macaroni (like what is pictured above). And I could not find any sold in any store, for love nor money! That is, until I spied this little box in my local market recently!

This is the right kind of macaroni!!! Of course, I threw away the little packet of “cheese”, but finally, I had the macaroni I have been searching for all this time! And, bonus! These little boxes of Macaroni and “Cheese” are cheap. Way less expensive than a box of macaroni.

So, yay! I’m celebrating! I hope you will too. Celebrate every cookout and picnic and barbecue with this really great Southern-Style side dish.


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Southern-Style Macaroni Salad
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Serves: 12 servings
  • ½ pound macaroni, cooked to al dente (according to package instructions), drained and rinsed with cold water until completely cool.
  • ½ small onion (about ½ cup), minced
  • ½ cup dill pickle relish (or mince some dill pickles, or use dill salad cubes)
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, diced small
  • 1 scant tablespoon yellow mustard
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • fresh cracked pepper...a couple of turns of the grinder
  1. Place all the ingredients (be sure the macaroni is completely cold) in a large bowl.
  2. Stir to mix well.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.




About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight. I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I'm gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading...and commenting! P~
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2 Responses to Southern-Style Macaroni Salad

  1. Way to “upcycle” the macaroni in that box! This looks tasty and I agree that your photography skills have come a long way–mine too! I cringe at my old photos! 😉 To progress! And macaroni salad! Salud!

    • Right? The cashier at my local market gave me a side eye and asked what in the world I was doing buying “THAT stuff”! LOL! Once I told her I was ditching the cheese packet and using just the macaroni, she laughed. She just knew I wasn’t making that box of mac and cheese! To progress, macaroni salad and foodie friendships! Salud!

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