Macaroni Salad

When I set out to create a list of 4th of July recipes, I knew I couldn’t leave out the BBQ Classic: macaroni salad. Growing up, macaroni salad was always present at our backyard BBQs, camping trips, and just about any potluck event we had. Each time someone different would bring it and add their own twist to the traditional recipe. This version is a combination of all of my favorite flavors from the various macaroni salads that people would bring. I personally like the little kick from the Creole seasoning.

You will notice that I use both dill pickles and sweet pickle relish in this recipe. I chose to do that because although I refuse to eat sweet pickles on their own, they add a really nice sweetness to this dish. I chose to add dill pickles, because I have a slight addiction to them and the saltiness that they bring nicely compliments the sweetness from the sweet pickles. Note: Since dill pickles have a lot of salt you probably won’t have to add as much to season the finished salad.

Macaroni Salad Recipe

Serves 6 - 8 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 2 cups uncooked dried elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons creole seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon diced dill pickle
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced olives
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, diced
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste



Cook macaroni according to package directions. Run under cold water for about 30 seconds to cool. Allow macaroni to cool while you are preparing the rest of the salad.


In a large bowl whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, creole seasoning, hot sauce (if using), sweet pickle relish and dill pickle.


Fold in cool macaroni and remaining ingredients.


Chill for 30 minutes.


Season to taste with salt and fresh cracked pepper. Serve.



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  • I am definitely going to try this one. Everything on your site looks great.
    I look forward to new recipes.

  • Richard

    I used this recipe for a picnic and I loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  • You’re welcome Richard! I am glad you enjoyed it :)

  • Brandi

    I just found your website today and it is beautiful. And the recipes look so good. I can’t wait till the office clears out so I can start printing them out!!!!

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  • Tom

    I was curious do you use black or green olives? How about a few tablespoons of sweet pickle juice?

  • Hi Tom- I used black olives but green might add a nice bit briney flavor to the salad. I’ve never added the sweet pickle juice because over all I’m not a huge fan of sweet pickles, the relish for some reason I like. But if you like sweet pickles I don’t see the harm in adding a bit of the juice.

  • Sandy

    I love your website and plan to try the chipotle ribs tonight. However, when I print out the recipes they are a full letter size sheet. It would be great if other print options were available, such as recipe card size or 5×7, the size of my small recipe binder.

    Anyway,love the recipes. Can’t wait to try this one. I love macaroni salad.

  • Trish

    OMG this was SO good…I followed the recipe exactly and loved it!

  • magaly

    I have high cholesterol, and got tired of eating the same diet foods. Your recipes were delicious and helped me take the boredness out of foods. thanks.

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