Best Pasta Salad I've Ever Had!

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"I've been making pasta salad for a long time, but when I discovered this one it went way-way-up at the top of my list. It is SO good! Make sure to use good quality ingredients, such as the mayo. Please don't use miracle whip as it will result in a whole other tasting pasta salad that isn't very good. This is a Pioneer woman recipe, but I've made some modifications which I feel adds more zippity yumminess!"

Original is 10-12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (138.5 g)
  • Calories 239.1
  • Total Fat - 4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 17.6 mg
  • Sodium - 382.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 40.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.4 g
  • Sugars - 7.4 g
  • Protein - 10.1 g
  • Calcium - 23.7 mg
  • Iron - 1.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 58.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Cook the macaroni in lightly salted water according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Set aside.

Step 2

Mix together mayo, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Splash in enough milk to make it pourable. Splash in enough pickle and peppadew juice for extra delicious flavor. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Set aside. *(NOTE: I normally add more than just a splash for both the pickle and peppadew juices. Believe me, it is essential and adds so much flavor)*

Step 3

Place cooled macaroni in a large bowl and pour 3/4 of the dressing. Toss and add more dressing if you'd like. (Dressing will seem a little thin, but it will thicken up as salad chills.)

Step 4

Stir in olives, roasted red peppers (or pimentos), pickles, and green onions. Add more of any ingredient if you'd like more stuff going on! At the end, splash in a little more pickle juice and stir.

Step 5

Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Sprinkle with sliced green onion to serve!


No special items needed.

6 Reviews


Cut everything in half and it made plenty for two of us, including left overs. I could not find the right pepper daw peppers (and can't spell it without looking!) so I ordered them from my buddy, Amazon! The spiciness of the salad was perfect!


review by:
(20 Jul 2021)


Great pasta salad! Always eaten and enjoyed by all.


(10 Oct 2018)


This is so delicious that once I taste tested it I had to take a few more bites. I couldn't help myself! I used Vlasic Bold and Spicy Sweet Chipotle Spears pickles along with Mezetta Sweet Cherry peppers instead of the Pepperdew peppers because I had a hard time finding them. This is at the top of my list for my pasta salad go to. Everyone loved it at the party I had yesterday. Different and definitely delicious with a special flavors dancing in your mouth! Make sure to give it time to sit in the fridge so the flavors can fully mingle.


review by:
(2 Jul 2018)


Creamy and delicious pasta salad. Made exactly as written and we thoroughly enjoyed it. This is one of those recipes that tastes even better the next day. Topped with some snipped chives this made for a lovely and colourful salad. Thanks ForeverMama


review by:
(3 Dec 2015)


Very creamy and delicious! I love trying new pasta salads and this one tastes great!


review by:
(21 Aug 2015)


This was a big hit at our anniversary dinner with friends! I used casarecce pasta for the elbow, and two red peppers. Thank you for sharing! Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.


review by:
(19 May 2015)

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