How to Make Old Fashion Macaroni Salads

Author: Grandma Linda

I love old fashion recipes as I really enjoy going back to the basics sometimes. Here are some recipes for old fashion macaroni salads that are very good. These are from the days when we never heard of "pasta salad". We had good old fashion macaroni salad. It is still worth having today. The first recipe below is what I can AF Macaroni Salad. The AF stands for Air Force as in the United States Air Force. When I married back in the 60s, during the Viet Nam War, my husband was in the Air Force. Money was tight and we learned to eat, and I learned to cook, on a very small grocery budget. In fact, all my husband's friends were very envious of him. You see, I don't like steak so he was able to have one once in awhile even on a tight budget. This salad recipe was given to me during those tight budget days. It is still a good recipe for those on tight budgets during our current economic downturn.


I call this recipe my Air Force Macaroni Salad since the recipe was given to me by a lady who worked in a restaurant in New Mexico when I first went there as a young Air Force bride in the 1960s.

2 cups cooked macaroni
1/2 cup diced cheddar cheese
1/3 cup diced green bell pepper
3 tbsps finely chopped onion
1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/4 cup chopped sweet pickle (or sweet pickle relish)
1/4 tsp salt

Mix all the ingredients together. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours before serving.


1 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp prepared mustard
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
8-oz elbow macaroni, cooked, drained
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion

In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, prepared mustard,sugar, salt, and pepper with a wire whisk until combined. Stir in the macaroni, bell pepper, and onion. Mix well. Cover bowl and refrigerate until serving time.


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