macaroni salad

This Macaroni Salad Will Be the Star of the Show at Your Next Potluck

Macaroni salad isn’t something that has been a staple gathering food for me. I do have a vague recollection or two of my mom making a really, really yummy macaroni salad. I wasn’t super aware of cooking or ingredients at that point so I don’t remember what she put in it. Really, she only made it once or twice for family functions. I remember being really upset that everyone ate it all, and there was nothing to bring home. I remember big chunks of cheddar cheese though. YUM!

Macaroni salad for me is something that other people have, other people bring. I enjoy it when it’s there, but it’s just never anything that I think to make or eat until I see it. It’s not a craving. I think that’s the best way to put it.

This recipe caught my eye though! It looks scrumptious. Again, normally these recipes don’t catch my eye. I did just have a really great pasta salad a couple weeks ago though, and I think I’ve been craving more of that type of thing ever since.

Macaroni salad is a meal to me. I know it’s served as a side dish, but I tend to think side dishes make excellent lunches or dinners. This recipe is has a unique flavor and some wonderful textures. 

I like this macaroni salad, because like my mom’s it’s different. It’s unique. I like unique. One of the main ingredients is jarred mushrooms. Get the kind in oil with the flavors you prefer. I tend to like the really herby type. YUM! The more flavor the better.

Thanks to Natalie at Oysters and Pearls for this wonderful recipe!


  • 1 box elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 6 to 8 ounce jar mushrooms (or two 4-oz jars)
  • 3/4 cup Mayo
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Boil macaroni according to package directions.  Mix with remaining ingredients.  Chill the salad.

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  1. It’s a family favorite in my family – nothing fancy, but delicious! And to those that aren’t fans of mushrooms… my sister always leaves them out, too! Thanks for sharing for linking back to my blog.

    Happy Cooking!

  2. No thanks. Recipe doesn’t list carrots, but it looks like they are in there. Onions pieces are too big. I grate onions in a salad nice flavor, no chunks to chew.

  3. The picture doesn’t match the recipe. There aren’t any mushrooms or green onions, but there are shredded carrots and chopped green pepper. I’ll bet the dressing is different, too.

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