Macaroni Salad

I first tried this recipe at one of a million potlucks that used to be held at one of my last companies.  (You were lucky to get out of there with only 5 extra pounds.) My boss made this and I couldn’t get enough.  Well, this idea.  I have since changed somethings out of necessity. (I couldn’t find the spices she used.)  I make this for every party where I need to feed large numbers of people.  It is very good and very simple to make.  The best part is that I can make it a day or two ahead of my party and it is perfect! Try it and let me know what you think!

Macaroni Salad
This macaroni salad is easy to make and and a crowd pleaser. It is perfect for parties!
Recipe type: Side Dish
  • 1 lb. elbow pasta
  • 1 red onion, about 1 1/2 c., chopped
  • 2 c. chopped dill pickles. (you want to do this yourself, not relish)
  • 2 c. shredded Colby Jack Cheese
  • 2-2.25 oz cans sliced olives (I used black but use green if you'd like)
  • 1 c. mayo
  • 1/4 c. mustard
  • 1/4 c. pickle juice
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. pepper
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. onion powder
  1. cook pasta according to directions on the box then drain and rinse with cold water and add to large bowl
  2. add onion, pickles, cheese, and sliced olives
  3. in a small bowl combine, mayo, mustard, pickle juice, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder.
  4. mix sauce into pasta and toss
  5. enjoy!
The pasta will soak up the sauce. Depending on how dry your area is, you may need to make more sauce and add it to your pasta. For instance, here in AZ I have to make 2 batches of sauce. I add the first batch right away and if I am preparing ahead of time I will save the second and add just before the party.


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