Nana's Southern Style Macaroni Salad is the best ever pasta salad of all time. It is creamy with the perfect crunch and a little tang. It is exactly what I think of whenever summer sides come to mind. This recipe is so easy you can whip it up in less than 30 minutes.
I shared stories of my mom with you when we shared her Southern Style Potato Salad recipe which is so precious to me. Now, I am sharing another of her famous recipes. Her southern style macaroni salad was on our table at every summer gathering, right next to that potato salad.
I remember she had this huge milking pail from my great grandma's childhood farm that she used to serve it in. I love that old pot. A few weeks before my mom passed away she gave it to her best friend of 30 years, Susie Q. I was sad to see it go, but Susie Q is like a mom to me and I know she will cherish it. Not to mention she promised to leave it to me in her will. Love you Susie Q and thank you for sharing these stellar recipes with my family so many years ago.
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My family enjoyed this recipe at every family gathering for most of my life and I am so happy to be able to share it with you.
Nana's Southern Style Macaroni Salad is so easy to make, you may find yourself preparing it every weekend. A creamy dressing with added hard boiled eggs for richness, celery and onion for crunch and tuna for a little added protein. This is my favorite macaroni salad recipe and I am sure you are going to love it too.
With love from our simple kitchen to yours.
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Southern Style Macaroni Salad
SERVES 16 | ACTIVE TIME 15 Min | TOTAL TIME 30 Minutes
2 pounds dried elbow pasta
3 large hard boiled eggs
3 celery stalks, diced
½ medium onion, diced
1 (6.4 ounce) pouch chunk light tuna, in water
1 (30 ounce) jar Hellman’s/Best Foods mayonnaise
½ (30 ounce) jar Miracle Whip salad dressing spread
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta (al dente) according to directions on the package. Pour into strainer to drain water and set aside (in strainer).
Meanwhile: Dice onion and celery. Chop hard boiled eggs. Add ½ of mayonnaise and ½ of Miracle Whip to the pasta pot. Add tuna, onion, celery and eggs. Stir to combine. Add drained pasta and stir until well combined. Add remaining mayonnaise and Miracle Whip. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.
Sprinkle with paprika (if desired). Chill until ready to serve.
Serve and enjoy!
COOK’S NOTE: Best if chilled overnight.
Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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Originally published 6/27/14