Mom’s Homemade Macaroni Salad

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At our recent Annual Family Easter Party my mom brought her world famous Homemade Macaroni Salad.  Seriously.  It’s world famous.  And I love it.  And I had a huge plate (or two) filled with this stuff.  It’s all I wanted to eat.  Well that and my little ladies 3rd birthday Donut Cake I made.  Anywho I begged my mom to share her recipe, and she did!  I thought it would be perfect to share it the week of Mother’s Day  =)

Honestly all summer long I crave this stuff.  I prefer it loaded to the gills with olives and I have a brother who HATES olives.  So growing up my sweet mother would either decorate the top with olives and I’d get to scrape them all off onto my plate, or she’d make me my own personal bowl of macaroni & olive salad.  Is she a SuperMom or what?!!

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Mom’s Homemade Macaroni Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 8-10


  • 1 lb macaroni salad macaroni
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 6 hard boiled eggs, 5 chopped & 1 sliced (for garnishing)
  • 1-2 (2 oz) cans sliced olives, rinsed
  • 8 oz sweet pickle relish
  • 2-3 cups mayonnaise (depending on taste)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tsp salt (depending on taste)
  • Paprika (for garnishing)


  1. Cook macaroni according to directions.
  2. Meanwhile chop & slice eggs setting aside the sliced egg.
  3. In a medium bowl combine olives, relish, 2 cups mayonnaise, ketchup and salt.
  4. When macaroni is done, rinse under cold water until completely cool.
  5. Pour macaroni into a large bowl and add the relish mixture.
  6. Stir until well combined.
  7. Have a taste test! Is it too dry? Add another 1/2 to 1 cup of mayo.
  8. Gently fold in chopped egg.
  9. Lay sliced egg on top and sprinkle with paprika.

Notice this is not a vinegar-y macaroni salad.  That is why it is so stinkin good!  The sweet pickle relish adds just the right amount of tang.  Oh man I can’t wait for BBQ season.  I’ll be eating Mom’s Homemade Macaroni Salad all. summer. long.

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Are you a olive or no-olive kinda macaroni salad eater?  Truthfully, I add about 2 more cans of olives in!  =)


  1. lizzy says

    Oh my – this looks delicious and I love macaroni salad with the mayo (mayos the best!) I never had ketchup in my ‘roni salad so don’t know if I am brave enough to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your mom’s recipe.


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