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Pioneer Woman's Best Macaroni Salad Ever. A great combo of mayo, vinegar, onion, olives and pickles. This one will get you through every BBQ and potluck thrown your way this Summer.

Pioneer Woman's Best Macaroni Salad Ever

Pioneer Woman's Best Macaroni Salad. Because we all need a perfect macaroni salad recipe! This one will get you through every Summer pot luck and BBQ thrown your way.
Course Side Dish Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 318kcal


  • 4 cups elbow macaroni
  • 3 whole roasted red peppers chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet and spicy pickle diced
  • 1/2 cup black olives sliced
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion diced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar adding more to taste, up to 3 tablespoons
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • plenty fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup half and half or milk
  • 2 teaspoons pickle juice


  • Cook macaroni in lightly salted water till done. Drain in a colander. Set aside.
  • Mix mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, milk and pickle juice in medium sized bowl.
  • In large bowl place cooked macaroni. Add about 3/4's of the mayonnaise mixture to the macaroni.
  • Next add the peppers, pickles, olives and onions. If needed, add the remaining dressing.
  • Add a splash of pickle juice to the salad. The salad dressing will thicken up after refrigeration.
  • Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.


Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 443mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 5.5mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.9mg