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Deli Macaroni Salad Recipe

Nothing screams potluck more than this deli macaroni salad recipe! This side or party food is easy to make and will get devoured at your next gathering.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 597kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • 16 oz elbow macaroni
  • 3 eggs hard-boiled and chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 1/2 cup dill pickles chopped
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup pickle juice
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


  • Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water. Add to a large mixing bowl along with eggs, celery, pickles, onion, mayo, pickle juice, mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Mix well, cover tightly and refrigerate until ready to serve. This dish is best served chilled.


  • For added crunch, consider adding 1/4 - 1/2 cup of chopped bell peppers. Green pepper, red pepper, orange or yellow all taste great!
  • Green onions add a nice flavor to this dish.
  • Chopped green olives or black olives add a salty, delicious touch to this yummy homemade macaroni salad.
  • To reduce the calorie content of the dish, consider replacing 1/2 cup of mayo with Greek yogurt.
  • Replace the mayo with miracle whip if desired.
  • Add a fresh flavor by squirting lime juice or lemon juice into the salad with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Consider adding cooked, shredded chicken to add some protein to this dish.
  • Do not let this dish sit out long. When not being eaten, cover it and return it to the fridge so it stays nice and fresh.
  • Consider adding a bit of heat by mixing in a pinch or two of cayenne pepper or hot sauce.
  • Any fresh herbs may be added to this dish, including fresh parsley or chives.
  • Up to 1 teaspoon of celery salt can be added for an added flavor boost.


Calories: 597kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 792mg | Potassium: 291mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 266IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg
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