Mom’s Classic Macaroni Salad #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on July 20, 2014

Mom's Classic Macaroni Salad #SundaySupper | Webicurean

Fire-up the grill–it’s time for a #SundaySupper BBQ Party! This week’s shindig is being hosted by Melanie over at Melanie Makes and Jennie from The Messy Baker. Since I don’t have my grill yet ready for the season, I’m bringing Mom’s Classic Macaroni Salad.

It doesn’t seem that long ago I was stuffing zucchini in the kitchen with Mom, yet it almost feels like a lifetime. One of the reasons for the radio silence here at the blog is because my mom passed away on May 28, at the age of 90, and as you can imagine, I needed to take a break. Jumping back in with #SundaySupper, which she loved, and making one of her favorite recipes seemed like a fitting way to honor her.

Mom's Classic Macaroni Salad #SundaySupper | Webicurean
This is how the original recipe appears in her personal recipe book. It’s funny how old recipes have such a lack of detail!

Traditionally, after preparing the salad, she’d spread a thick frosting of mayonnaise over the top. As you can see, I skipped that step. :) The end result here is a simple mac salad, with a light coating of mayo, the slight tang of vinegar, and dotted with chopped black olives and diced pimentos.


Mom's Classic Macaroni Salad #SundaySupper | Webicurean

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Mom's Classic Macaroni Salad
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Dotted with chopped black olives and diced pimentos, this simple, yet classic, macaroni salad is a throwback to the past.
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8-10
  • 1 lb salad macaroni
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 4 oz jar diced pimentos, drained
  • 1 15 oz can large black olives, drained
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • Paprika, optional
  1. In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of well salted water (add about 2 teaspoons) to a boil. Add the macaroni, and return to a boil, cooking for about 9-10 minutes or until the macaroni is cooked firm to the bite. Rinse with cold water and drain thoroughly.
  2. Toss the macaroni with the olive oil and vinegar in a large bowl. Add the pimentos. Reserve about 5 olives, then chop the remaining olives, adding them to the macaroni mixture. Add the mayo, salt and pepper, then stir until the macaroni is thoroughly coated with the mayonnaise, and all the ingredients are mixed in.
  3. Chill, then sprinkle with paprika (if desired) and remaining olives before serving.


Let’s see what the others are bringing to the party!



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