Everyone needs this Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad recipe on hand to make for barbecues and potlucks. This is a great, classic macaroni salad recipe. It’s the best!
Watch the video showing you how to make this recipe, then scroll to the bottom of this post to print out the complete recipe and make it at home.
For as long as I can remember, my mother has been making a similar version of this simple, classic macaroni salad recipe. It has always been my favorite. I don’t want anything fancy in my macaroni salad, so the simplest version works best for me.
You must begin with the small noodles with the hole in the middle (otherwise known as ditalini). I suppose you could use small elbows too, but I personally love the little guys. I toss my macaroni salad with a mixture of mayo, mustard and onion powder. I mix in a small amount of chopped celery and green onions. Chopped hard-boiled eggs are folded in at the end.
2 cups macaroni (I use ditalini)
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
4 green onions, chopped (green and white parts)
1 1/2 tablespoons mustard
1 tablespoon onion powder
salt and pepper, to taste
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
paprika, for garnish
Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Rinse under cold water and set aside to drain well.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, celery, green onion, mustard, onion powder, salt and pepper.
Place the drained, cooled pasta in a large bowl. Add the mayonnaise mixture and stir into the pasta until well combined. Gently stir in the chopped egg. Sprinkle with paprika, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least a couple of hours before serving.