Patti’s Southern Macaroni Salad Recipe

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This recipe comes from my mom who was born and raised in Tennessee. It really is Southern-style Macaroni Salad. Enjoy!


  • 16 oz small macaroni noodles
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickles (cut into small pieces)
  • 1/4 cup carrots (sliced or shredded)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Paprika
  • 1 tbs mustard (more to taste)

Place 2 pans with water on stove and boil. In one pan, place 4 eggs and boil about 12 minutes. In second pan, add Olive Oil and macaroni to boiling water and stir after 5 minutes. Let macaroni continue to boil for 10 more minutes (15 minutes total). Drain egg water and peal. Tip: if you can, peal eggs while still hot and they will peal easier.

Rinse eggs and noodles in cold water and place noodles in large bowl (set eggs aside). Add mayonnaise, pickles, carrots, 2 eggs, salt & pepper, mustard and mix with spoon. Taste it and add more mustard if necessary. Put large bowl with mix and small bowl with remaining 2 eggs in the fridge and let cool. When ready to serve, cut up remaining 2 eggs in quarters and place on top of macaroni salad. Garnish with sprinkles of paprika.

– Cyndee, Improvements DiY’er

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2 comments on “Patti’s Southern Macaroni Salad Recipe
  1. Ruth Vance says:

    I want to make the mac. salad recipe, but how do I print it?

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