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)


  1. Place 2 pans with water on stove and boil. In one pan, place 4 eggs and boil about 12 minutes. In the 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.
  2. Rinse eggs and noodles in cold water and place noodles in a 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 the large bowl with mix and the 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.
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Posted by: Cyndee DAgostini
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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