Macaroni Pasta Salad with Relish

    8 hours 20 minutes

    Not sure what to bring along to your next bring a plate picnic? Give this simple pasta salad with gherkin relish, olives, celery and spring onions a go.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 500g macaroni
    • 3 cups mayonnaise
    • 3/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
    • 1/3 cup gherkin relish, or to taste
    • 1 (350g) tin black olives, drained and sliced
    • 1 cup diced celery
    • 1/2 cup diced spring onions
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1 pinch paprika, for garnish

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:8hours chilling  ›  Ready in:8hours20min 

    1. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni then cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and cool.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, relish, olives, celery and spring onions. Mix in the macaroni and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more mayonnaise if you like. For best flavour, cover and refrigerate overnight. Sprinkle with paprika just before serving.

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    EXCELLENT! Just what I wanted: a basic mac salad recipe. I would recommend mixing the mayo and mustard together and then slowly adding to the macaroni, to your taste (I am very particular about the amount of dressing on anything). I used the leftover mixture for deviled eggs and my mac salad was perfectly dressed. This is my new, official mac salad recipe!  -  24 May 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Grand Slam Mama! After reading the reviews, the only changes I made were decrease the mustard to 1/4 cup, add 4 Tbl apple cider vinegar with 2 Tbl sugar,and a tsp of mustard powder, mixed in 5 chopped hard boiled eggs and 3 sliced eggs on top of salad. In my opinion, it really does need all 3 cups of mayo--I started with 2 cups and then had to add the third. I rinsed and cooled the noodles before adding to the dressing. I will keep this recipe forever. I am taking it to a saint paddy's potluck tomorrow. Yo mama knew her stuff!  -  16 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Not a single thing changed, and it was fantastic! I had never made Macaroni Salad before but found myself with a half a package cooked after making Mac n Cheese the night before. This turned out wonderful, with a nice kick to it. No weird ingredients -- all staples. Every time I had tasted Mac Salad before, it had no appeal because it was so bland -- this I (and my co-workers) loved. My partner does not care for mustard, so it wasn't a fave of his, but he was the *only* one to say so. *Everyone* else -- about 5 people -- loved it! This is the recipe you've been looking for. It will be in my cookbook for years!  -  19 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)