Mom’s Macaroni Salad

When you have a week straight of over 100° temps, you start looking for cooler things to make. My mother whipped up this macaroni salad earlier this week and I think I ate half of the whole bowl.

Think macaroni and deviled egg make love child and you’ll be in the vicinity. There is a hard boiled egg, some roasted red bell pepper, chopped spring onions, a generous amount of mayo, and seasoning with sweet paprika. Perfect for a summer BBQ or picnic salad.

From the recipe archive, first posted 2009.

Mom's Macaroni Salad

Mom’s Macaroni Salad Recipe

  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups (about 1/2 lb) dry macaroni pasta (use rice or gluten-free pasta for gluten-free version)
  • Salt
  • 1 hard boiled egg, chopped
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper*, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped spring onion or green onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar
  • A generous amount of mayonnaise (1/3 to 1/2 cup)
  • Several pinches of paprika
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

* Trader Joes carries a good product, jarred roasted red bell peppers packed in oil and vinegar. We usually use these in recipes calling for roasted bell peppers. Alternatively, you can roast a fresh bell pepper by blackening it over an open flame on a gas range or broiling until the skin blisters on all sides. Remove from heat source, place in paper bag, after a few minutes remove from bag and scrape off the blackened bits. Discard seeds and stem.

Method

1 Cook macaroni, as directed on its package, in at least 2 quarts of salted water (1 teaspoon of salt per quart of water). When cooked through, but still slightly firm (al dente) remove from heat, drain and rinse with cool water until room temperature.

2 While macaroni is cooking, put chopped onions into a small bowl and sprinkle the lemon juice or vinegar over them. This will serve to take the edge off the onions.

2 Combine cooked macaroni, onions, and all other ingredients in a large serving bowl. Adjust seasonings to taste.

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  • Becky

    My sister makes a salad a lot like this, adding cooked baby shrimp. Really good!

  • Bill

    I believe I’m seeing red onion in this image accompanying the recipe but the ingredients list spring or green onions? Does it make a more defined taste with the red onion? Is there any reason not to use it? I think I would prefer the stronger accent of the red onion.

    That’s a red spring onion (looks like a giant green onion, but purple-reddish). You can use red onion too. ~Elise

  • Sara

    I love this mac salad, but I like a lil chile pepper added to it. Yum yum yum! Thanks Elise!

  • Barbara Julion

    This a great dish, only, I add crushed pineapple.

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