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Growing up summer picnics were always wonderful with my mother’s homemade macaroni salad! She made it slightly different using Miracle Whip instead of Mayonnaise. Plus she used her homemade relish – store bought cannot come near the flavor! I have made some slight variations to her recipe such as using a whole-grains pasta and light Miracle Whip. It is a great recipe where the flavor gets better each day. You will want to make a large batch because it will go quickly! I hope you enjoy this recipe and I would like to hear how you make your macaroni salad!

Depending upon how you make this recipe, one serving is about 200 calories, 5 grams fat, and 10 grams or more of protein!

1 Box Whole Grains Pasta
2 cup Light Miracle Whip
1 ½ cups Chopped Celery
1 to 1 ¼ cups Relish, drained
3 Hardboiled Eggs with Yolk, diced
3 Hardboiled Eggs without Yolk, diced
½ to 1 tsp Salt
Extra hardboiled eggs, optional for topping

You can use any type of pasta. I like to use whole grains elbow pasta since it adds protein to the dish. Read the ingredients because many will add 10g of protein per serving and Omega-3s which is a good fat! Removing a few of the hard-boiled eggs yolks will reduce some of the fat without compromising the flavor! I always use light Miracle Whip to reduce the fat and again it will not comprise the flavor of the salad. It is best to make it a day ahead allowing the flavors to blend together.

Cook your pasta according to the directions on the box. Rinse with cold water and drain well. You do not want any extra moisture in your salad. I like to dry the pasta using paper towels.

Place the cold pasta in a bowl and slowly add the light Miracle Whip and stir while adding in the other ingredients and the remaining light Miracle Whip. You may want to top the finished Macaroni Salad with sliced hardboiled eggs and paprika for color. Some people like to add the leafy part of the celery stalk for additional garnish. Place the macaroni salad in the refrigerator to chill and place immediately back into the refrigerator after serving. This is a great side dish to compliment many picnic main dishes! I hope you enjoy this recipe and thanks for stopping by!

3 thoughts on “Mom’s Macaroni Salad

  1. That looks so good – I want to make it right now.

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! I would be interested in hearing any of your personal touches you might add to this recipe.

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