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Backyard Macaroni Salad

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Our beautiful summer weather is here; which means salads, grilling and anything that doesn’t require us to turn on the oven. I love this time of year! We eat a lot of watermelon, cold salads, corn on the cob, grilled chicken and burgers. This tasty macaroni salad is a favorite also. It’s easy to make, we eat on it for a couple days and taste great. It also makes a great dish to bring to a potluck, on a picnic or bring camping.

Cook the noodles according to package. After noodles are done, strain them and allow to cool a little.

While the noodles are cooling down, go ahead and chop other ingredients.

Lastly throw all ingredients into a bowl, including the macaroni even if they’re not cooled completely. Stir completely and place into the fridge to cool completely.

Serve cold.

Every barbecue, picnic, potluck need this Macaroni Salad. It's easy to make and taste great!

Backyard Macaroni Salad

Course Salad, Side Dish


  • 16 oz box of elbow macaroni noodles
  • 2 Tbsp mustard
  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped baby dill pickles
  • 1 Tbsp pickle juice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup chopped ham
  • dash cayenne pepper


  • Cook noodles according to package. 
  • Strain noodles and allow to cool. 
  • While noodles are cooling down, chop other ingredients.
  • Throw all ingredients into a bowl and stir completely. Let macaroni salad to cool completely in the fridge. 

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