Juniper's Macaroni Salad

Memorial Day weekend is a big picnic weekend and picnics and Macaroni Salad go together like peanut butter and jelly. I'm kind of famous within my husband's fishing group for my macaroni salad, and my Gramma was famous in our little town for her macaroni salad that she made for the local store's deli. She just passed away this week and I thought this would be a fitting tribute. I don't measure when I make this, but I tried to estimate. You can add more or less to your own taste.

Let's make... Juniper's Macaroni Salad!


1 lb box macaroni (I like Barilla because I like those little ridges on the noodles that hold the dressing) I use this same recipe for Potato Salad. Just substitute 5 lbs. of potatoes you boil skin on then peel and chunk.
1 dozen eggs, hard boiled and shelled (I place eggs in cold water, bring to a boil, then turn off and let sit, with a lid for 15 mins. No green yolks!)
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced sweet onion
2 1/2 cups Hellman's mayonnaise
1 T. yellow mustard
1 T. horseradish
(secret ingredient!)
1 t. celery seed
2 t. salt
1 t. pepper
2 t. Frank's Red Hot Sauce
(secret ingredient!)

Cook macaroni according to directions, drain and let cool.

Meanwhile, mix mayo, mustard, celery seed, horseradish, salt, pepper and hot sauce.

Cut eggs in half and reserve yolks in a separate bowl. Cut the whites into large chunks and add to the macaroni along with celery and onion.

Mash yolks and add to the mayonnaise mixture (this is one of the secrets, shhh!). You get a nice, rich dressing that is reminiscent of deviled eggs.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients and sprinkle with paprika. Taste and adjust seasonings. You may like yours wetter and you can add more mayo at this point.

Now, don't start complaining about all the eggs and mayo and all the fat, blah, blah, blah...Picnics are parties and we only take the time to make macaroni salad a few times a year. Lots of eggs is the difference between so-so and standout macaroni salad. So, suck it up and eat it and enjoy it and continue on with your life. You have all next week to exercise and watch your diet! Holidays and parties are our times to laugh, and eat, and live life and enjoy with friends and family!

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  1. It sounds delicious! A little kick to it with the horseradish and hot sauce. Your grandma would be proud!

  2. Yum! Enjoy the holiday weekend.

  3. HAHA, I will definitely be "sucking it up" this weekend and trying this. It looks delicious!!

  4. We are big deviled egg fans around here, so I will definitely be giving this a go! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I am sooooooooo making this this weekend!!! My man will love it. I use all the same ingredients, but have never separated the eggs...genious. My guy is also a hot sauce lover..big time! Thanks for saying Hellmans...there is only one mayo...accept no imposters. Don't even think of using Miracle Whip (what the heck kind of name is that anyway??) that will put you in the Macaroni Salad Hall of Shame!!

  6. Horseradish-awesome secret ingredient. Your Grandmother must have been a great cook. thanks for passing it along. I can't wait to try to try it this week. Yummers :)

  7. This sounds yummy, going to try it.

  8. Jen,
    I am a firm believer that sharing and enjoying a beloved family recipe is the perfect way to honor a loved one. I'm sorry to hear of your grandma's passing. This sounds like a wonderful and delicious way to honor your gramma.


  9. I'm sorry about your grandma. This sounds like a yummy salad.

  10. I too make a macaroni salad in memories of my granny.
    love and will give your version a try.

  11. Looks yummy! I love the plate you served it also!!

  12. I can't wait to make this for my daughter's graduation lunch next Saturday! Looks so good and a nice change from potatoes. Thanks!

  13. First of all, prayers to you and your family as you celebrate the life of your Gramma.

    Recipe looks delish ~ definitely will be trying it sometime ☺

  14. I am sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing. Prayers to your family.

    I cannot wait to make this recipe. We love macaroni salad and we love deviled eggs, so I bet this is just awesome!

  15. We are going to try this out this weekend - looks great! Thanks for sharing...I wish I had some of my grandparent's recipes to pass along to my kids.

  16. I just made this tonight---YUM! Your Grandma was an amazing woman :) I pray that this weekend was filled with great memories of her

  17. I'm way late to comment on your recipe, but need a bit of guidance here--fast! ;^D I'm using this as a side dish for six ladies next Wednesday. You didn't say how many servings this makes--or did I miss that? I'm thinking of cutting it in half. Am I way off base?

    Thanks, ever so.



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