Friday’s Fare: Amish Macaroni Salad

Taken from the upcoming book The Giver (Waterfall Press, 2015)


2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

3 stalks celery, chopped

1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

2 tablespoons dill pickle relish

2 cups creamy salad dressing (e.g. Miracle Whip)

3 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard

3/4 cup white sugar

2 1/4 teaspoons white vinegar

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon celery seed


Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender. Drain, and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, onion, celery, red pepper, and relish. In a small bowl, stir together the salad dressing, mustard, white sugar, vinegar, salt and celery seed. Pour over the vegetables, and stir in macaroni until well blended.

Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

7 thoughts on “Friday’s Fare: Amish Macaroni Salad

  1. Sarah: Thanks for all your writing. All wonderful except … I still can’t get myself to like Jane Austen in the original (I took it out of the library yet again) so I haven’t tried your new book. (I recommend the Circle letters repeatedly.)

    My comment is a question: I don’t eat mayo or anything like creamy salad dressings so I miss out on a lot of wonderful looking summer salads. Any suggestions for a substitute that works with the tart and the sweet? Thanks, Jon

    1. Maybe try an avocado or yogurt based dressing which would be creamy or try a simple vinaigrette dressing. Thank you for recommending my books!

  2. Love Macaroni Salad, very much like my Mom’s… I like to use different Pasta Shapes to liven up the Recipe…Grandchildren like the Wagon wheel shape ! Makes it fun, also like to thinly slice a couple radishes and a Cucumber in or some Red Pepper for color…

  3. Sarah thank you for all you do for us. This recipe sounds good but seems like a lot of sugar for it though. I have a good recipe for Macaroni salad too. Macaroni, cooked and cooled cut up tomatoes, cukes and green pepper then mix a dressing of salad dressing salt and pepper and milk to thin. This was my Mom’s recipe and is a family favorite at all parties and reunions too.

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