Macaroni Salad in bowl
4.5 from 6 votes

Macaroni Salad

This macaroni salad is easy to make and and a crowd pleaser. It is perfect for parties!
Course Side Dish
Author Aubrey Cota


  • 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



  • cook pasta according to directions on the box then drain and rinse with cold water and add to large bowl
  • add onion, pickles, cheese, and sliced olives
  • in a small bowl combine, mayo, mustard, pickle juice, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder.
  • mix sauce into pasta and toss
  • 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.