May 20, 2017

Mom's Macaroni Salad

I originally posted this recipe back in 2012 and it was long overdue for some updated pics.  With Memorial Day coming up and a lot of you will probably be having a BBQ, I figured it was the perfect time to re-share my favorite ever pasta salad with you.

I am a Miracle Whip fan all the way, but if you prefer Mayonnaise, you can use that in place of the Miracle Whip.  Do not be scared of the tiny shrimp that the recipe calls for.  This does not taste fishy at all.  Trust me, I would not eat this as a kid or as an adult if it tasted fishy (Sorry - I'm not a fish fan).    
Here is my original post: 

I am so NOT a pasta salad person, except for THIS pasta salad (and one other one).  I can easily pass by them at any lunch or barbeque without thinking twice.  I don't know why, but they have never been my thing.

However, this macaroni salad is my FAVORITE.  I grew up eating it and I still look forward to the few times a year when my Mom makes it.  She makes it on Easter and any other time we barbeque.   
I decided that I needed to learn how to make it.  Of course she has the recipe memorized and doesn't need to measure anything, but I made her sit down and write me a recipe with measurements.    

I tried it last Sunday and it turned out very yummy,  just like Mom's.  This was the first and only pasta salad I have ever made.  So, that's good news for you guys, because you can make this and have it turn out great on your first attempt.

Mom's Macaroni Salad
from: Sharon H.
(Printable Recipe)

1 (16 oz.) pkg. salad roni (Ditalini)(about 3 cups)
1-2 cans tiny shrimp, rinsed and drained
1 c. celery, chopped
1/2 c. onion, finely chopped, opt.
    or scant 1/4 c. dried onions that have been hydrated in water
4 large boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
paprika, for garnish

2 c. Miracle Whip
2 tsp. sugar
1 Tbl. lemon juice
1 tsp. yellow mustard

Cook noodles according to package directions.  When done, drain and rinse.  (Rinsing them will help prevent the noodles from sticking together in clumps).  Allow to cool and dry completely.  Meanwhile, combine dressing ingredients.  Taste and adjust, if needed.  When noodles are cool and dry, add the tiny shrimp, celery, onion and chopped eggs.  Add the dressing and fold together until everything is completely coated.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Sprinkle with paprika before serving.    

Linked up at The Weekend Potluck!


  1. yum! I am a pasta salad person, and this one looks great. Will have to try soon!

  2. That looks so yummy! I've never made pasta salad before, I'm gonna have to try this. Thanks for sharing! :-)

  3. I love this I will pin it so I don't forget to try it. your blog it is so fun. I'm now following you on GFC and Linky, I would make my day if you stopped my to visit me and link up to my party @
    Hope you come

  4. This looks amazing! I may give it a try for my company this weekend! Would you consider sharing it at my party?

  5. We love trying new pasta salad recipes and this one looks great! Thanks for sharing this at our "Beautify It Monday" Party! We hope you'll be back again next week!

  6. This looks really yummy and perfect for a summer picnic! I would love it if you would come link this up at my Pinworthy Projects Link Party.

  7. This sounds so yummy and I don't think I've ever had shrimp in my macaroni salad. Pinning and can't wait to try :) Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  8. I'd like to read a comment from someone who has made it...

    1. I make the same recipe, except I use light mayonnaise, not Miracle whip. I think I use less onion too. It is a family favorite!

  9. I personally love pasta salad but my peeps aren't fans. So I get to get it slowwwly during the week. (: Looks good with tiny shrimps!

  10. I love this site so much!!!! The way it is set up is so beautiful. and the recipes are all so divine-looking. I can't wait to start cooking some! :)

  11. Hate Miracle Whip... but Duke's mayo is great in this recipe (never put onions in mac salad.. makes it 'weep'...

  12. Made for a light lunch today. Added thawed green peas for additional color and crunch. Very Good! Husband could not wait until I had it made. He said, "Outstanding"!

  13. WOW! Made this for a church group.. Not many there, but those that were enjoyed salad very much.. Some took home 16 oz. plastic glasses full. Had requests for recipe. Love the dressing. Good flavor but presence not overwhelming. I used salad shrimp - 2 bags. Really GOOD. Thank you.


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