Mama’s Mac Salad

I love cooking.

Growing up, my favorite was watching my mother and grandma cook. Every time a dish was prepared and placed on the table, I felt loved. Now I try to make my friends and family feel loved when I cook for them too.

Sometimes my meals are sub-par, and sometimes they are a hit. I still enjoy the process.

I really enjoy trying new recipes and methods of cooking. I love the challenge. Sometimes though, I just want something my Mama used to make.

Yesterday was my Hubby’s birthday. He spent the day smoking ribs in the smoker and so I decided to go with the BBQ theme for side dishes.

Hubbys Ribs

Like I always do with this recipe, I called my mom and asked for it again. I love using it as an excuse to call. Every time she tells me I should write it down, but I never do.

So here it is, my Mama’s Mac Salad.


Mama’s Mac Salad


13oz Elbow Macaroni (I use Dreamfields to keep this THM friendly)

4 Eggs, Hard boiled

6 Stalks of celery, chopped finely

1 small red onion, chopped finely

I can of black olives, sliced

4Tbs Dill relish (I always add more because I love it)

1.5 Cups Mayo (More if the salad seems dry)

Salt and Pepper to taste

To Make:

Bring 8 cups of water to boil, add Elbow Macaroni and the 4 eggs (this is how Mama would do it). Once the pasta is cooked, strain, remove eggs and set both aside to cool.

While you’re boiling and cooling the pasta and eggs, begin chopping your other ingredients. Add everything to a large bowl.

When the eggs are cooled, peel them and then grate them into the bowl with the other ingredients. This allows the egg to be really nicely dispersed through the salad. If you prefer you can chop,slice, smash etc. It’s really up to you, but Mama would grate it.

Grated Egg.jpg

Add in relish and then the cooled pasta. I usually give it a good stir at this point. Then I add in the Mayo and some salt and pepper. Give everything a good stir so it’s well incorporated. This should really be refrigerated a few hours to allow all the flavors to really come together.

Sometimes after refrigeration, the noodles have soaked up a lot of the mayonnaise and moisture. It’s okay to add a little more mayo and mix at this point. Nobody likes a dry macaroni salad.

And there you have it. Quick, easy and delicious.

This is a low carb dish (when using Dreamfields) for those that are watching carbs. 😉


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