Classic Macaroni Salad

Classic Macaroni Salad

Nothing says “summer picnic” quite like a classic, old-fashioned, creamy macaroni salad. You know the kind I’m talking about – elbow macaroni, crunchy celery, lots of hard boiled eggs, and of course a light creamy mayonnaise dressing.

This classic macaraoni salad was a childhood summer staple in my house. My mom would make it for almost every cook-out or family picnic that I can remember. I especially loved when she would put in extra hard-boiled eggs – they’re clearly the best part. 🙂

The base recipe comes from an old Betty Crocker cookbook, and has been slightly adapted over the years to suit our tastes.  The end result is creamy and tangy and crunchy and absolutely delicious! Perfect for summer picnics and cook-outs. I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as we do. 🙂

Classic Macaroni Salad

Classic Macaroni Salad

Nothing says "summer picnic" quite like a classic, old-fashioned, creamy macaroni salad!


  • 8 oz dry elbow macaroni
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 6 eggs, hard-boiled and chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar, or to taste
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar


  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook macaroni according to package directions. Transfer to a colander, and rinse under cool water. Drain and transfer macaroni to a large bowl.
  2. Add the celery and eggs to the bowl with the pasta and mix to combine.
  3. In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, salt, pepper, ground mustard, oil, vinegar, and sugar. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  4. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the macaroni mixture and stir until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

adapted from an old Betty Crocker cookbook

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  1. You’re really on a roll!

  2. I’m sure you are busy raising your family, but it is nice to see you posting again. You have been missed. 🙂

  3. Re: Classic Macaroni Salad, how many servings is this recipe supposed to be? I didn’t see that anywhere>

    Thanks, Nancy

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