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Secret Amish Macaroni Salad

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“Secret” Amish macaroni salad recipe is a sweet and tangy pasta salad with a creamy texture thanks to the dressing. Egg yolks, celery, and bell pepper are in every bite.

Amish Macaroni Salad

Amish macaroni salad

If you have been lucky enough to visit Amish country you have probably seen Amish Macaroni Salad in the grocery and if you did I sure hope you tried it!

It is my favorite thing to get as soon as I go to visit. The tanginess of the creamy dressing mixed with the noodles and the crispy vegetables is the perfect combination. It is the perfect alternative to the traditional mac salad. 

Amish Pasta Salad with eggs

This is one of those salads that I crave all the time. The last time I was visiting, I was talking to one of the sweetest Amish ladies about how much I loved this salad. She was so kind and shared with me this secret Amish macaroni salad recipe and she told me that I could share it with all of you! 

With a few basic ingredients you probably have on hand you can create your very own Amish macaroni salad in about 30 minutes to enjoy whenever you want. 

What do I need to get started?

Amish pasta salad ingredients
  • Cooked Macaroni – any kind you prefer. You can use elbow macaroni
  • Celery
  • Onion – red, white or yellow
  • Hard boiled eggs – while the recipe calls for 4 eggs, I often add 6 
  • Red bell pepper – or green
  • Mayonnaise 
  • Dill pickle relish or Sweet
  • Garlic powder or chopped garlic
  • Celery seed 
  • Dijon mustard 
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce 
  • Sugar
  • 1 16ounce package pasta, any shape 
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped 
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced 
  • 4 large hard boiled eggs, chopped 
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper 
Sauce Mix for Amish macaroni Salad

Sauce Mix for Amish salad

  • 2 cups mayonnaise 
  • 4 tablespoons sweet pickle relish 
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely minced garlic 
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed 
  • 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard 
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce 
  • 1/4 cup sugar

How to Make Amish Pasta Salad

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, then drain and run under cold water for a minute.  
  2. Place the pasta, eggs, onion, celery, and pepper in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, combine all the sauce ingredients and stir until sugar has dissolved and sauce is creamy.  Pour over the pasta.
  4. Toss the pasta to combine with the sauce.
  5. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Pasta salad on a fork

Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish. If you love pasta salads be sure to try our Mexican Pasta Salad as well as our BLT Pasta Salad

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • Be sure you don’t over cook the pasta. If you do, your pasta salad will be mushy. 
  • Once the noodles are cooked, be sure you run them under the water for a minute to cool them so that you can make your salad. Adding the vegetables to hot noodles will cause them to wilt. 
  • You can add extra chopped boiled eggs if you prefer.  This will add some more protein to the salad and the yolks add creaminess to the dish that you will love.
  • Try adding chicken or ham to this recipe for another layer of flavor. 
  • Be sure you make the dressing separately and then add it to your salad. 
Amish Macaroni Salad

How to Store Amish Pasta Salad

Store your pasta salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can you make Amish Pasta Salad ahead of time?

Yes, you will want to make this ahead of time. Allow it to sit in the fridge covered for at least 1 hour but no more than 24 hours before serving. As it sits the flavors really come together nicely. 

Amish macaroni Salad in a large bowl

What if my Amish Pasta Salad dries out?

It is common for this salad to dry out a bit when it is stored. If this happens, add a little bit more mayonnaise to it and mix well.

Amish Macaroni Salad
Amish Macaroni Salad

Secret Amish Macaroni Salad

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes

"Secret" Amish macaroni salad recipe is a sweet and tangy pasta salad with a creamy texture thanks to the dressing. Egg yolks, celery, and bell pepper are in every bite.

Ingredients

  • 1 16ounce package pasta, any shape
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 4 large hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • For the Sauce
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, then drain and run under cold water for a minute.  
  2. Place the pasta, celery, eggs, onion and pepper in a bowl and toss to combine.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine all the sauce ingredients and stir until sugar has dissolved and the sauce is creamy. 
  4. Pour over the pasta.
  5. Toss the pasta to combine with the sauce.
  6. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 749Total Fat: 60gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 48gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 848mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 10g

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