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This is good enough to put on rotation. Used leftover wild salmon that would make me cry if wasted. Used mini shell pasta, reduced celery to 1 1/2 sticks chopped, herbed up to 4 Tbs fresh parsley, a sprinkle of dry marjoram as Im not a dill fan. I would back off a bit on the shallots for balance. Used green tobasco, about 30 drops. Dang! So good; I was flying solo so ate it warm off the stove. Packed the rest up for salad? Midnight at the reefer might come up? Mahalo Susan
I was planning on making a tuna mac salad and discovered that my husband had eaten all the tuna Grrr! Enter canned salmon! I found your recipe and wasn’t end expecting much, but boy was I surprised! The mac salad was delicious. We all loved the lemony flavor and the kick of dill. Thanks so much for sharing. This recipe will be made again & again at our house from now on. :)
I’ve made this 3 times now and I love it. I usually use bowties or shell pasta instead of the macaroni.
Have a lot of canned salmon in case of the zombie apocalypse. Good recipe. Didn’t follow it exact. Alterations – I used a whole pound of pasta, doubled the mayo, added 1/2 tsp of lemon pepper seasoning, doubled mustard, garnished it with Spanish olives. Pretty good. This recipe is a keeper and quick to whip up. I’d also classify it as a less naughty comfort food.
Hi Janet, good thing a zombie apocalypse is one event we we don’t have to worry about right now! Yet.
So glad you liked the salmon mac salad and it worked for you doubling up on the mac and mayo. It really is an easy meal to put together and one of the reasons I usually have a few cans of salmon in the pantry. (May need to stock some more, because zombies.)
Maybe I used too much Mac for us?It was bland. But then Mac salad is bland to me. I’m going to taste the leftovers today, I’m thinking of adding celery seed to the mix, Italian salad dressing might perk it up, also.
Hi Rhea, I find that adding more acid, in this case lemon juice, to a salad like this can really perk it up.
Thank you, Elise! I will be making this recipe again. It’s such an easy way to use canned salmon and extra pasta noodles! ^-^ So simple and delicious.
Awesome Nina, I’m so glad you liked it!
Is this better made day ahead or same day ?
This is best on the day it’s made, but you could make it a day ahead.
Love it! This is the way I will use canned salmon from now on! I always seem to have a can or 2 in the pantry but I pass over it because I have never been thrilled with how it tastes. But this macaroni salad recipe brings it to life! Must admit I would never think to add mustard to a salmon recipe, but that is apparently just what the canned salmon needs. Along with the lemon and everything else in the dish! I will definitely be making it again.
Hiya Sandy! So glad you like it!
I love this recipe and have made it for years. My standard method now is to sub diced fennel for the celery, and tarragon for the dill. It’s especially convenient (and delicious) now in this era of COVID-19 quarantine since it uses mostly pantry ingredients.
Oh I love those substitutions! Thank you for sharing.
Surprisingly tasty for such a simple recipe! I used shallots and added extra mayo. Thank you!
Very yummy. How long is it good for?
Hi Heather, easily a couple of days in the fridge.
We love it! Easy, simple and delicious.
When I have a hankering for a mac salad, this is the one I go to. Only addition, sweet bell peppers. Don’t leave out the Tabasco, it adds flavor, not much heat. Thanks, Elise, as always two thumbs up!
I’m so glad you liked it Kim! Sweet red bell peppers would be a terrific addition to this salad.
Yum ! This is a wonderful summer dinner. Thank you.
I used some frozen Coho salmon I baked last week.The salmon is so mild compared to canned, its hard to tell its salmon.Thanks, new spring go to.
I added grapes (cut in half) to mine. And didn’t add the celery or tobasco. I also added chopped dill pickles.
Hi Christina, I love your addition of grapes and dill pickles!
Used whatever pasta I could find, substituted whole milk Greek yogurt for the mayo since I didn’t have any and tossed in a tbsp of cider vinegar to make up for it. Other than that I pretty much followed the recipe. My new go to after a workout, may try it with sardines or mackeral next time. Great!
Very good and easy to make
Took it to picnics, it was great. Everyone loved it.
I used to add dill but have changed to tarragon for years now. I use dried and just adjust to taste. Tarragon goes with fish and everyone loves that different flavor. I get asked to make all the time. I also throw some ranch in it too mixed with the mayo its not as heavy but dont use too much that it overpowers salad. I dont use Tabasco either