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Macaroni Salad is the Perfect Summertime Side Dish


It’s summertime side dish season and Aunt Mary’s Macaroni Salad is the perfect addition to any cookout! You can make it up the day before then refrigerate overnight and have one of your side dishes ready to go to take or serve at your next cookout. You might be looking for another dish to make life easier during summertime side dish season and these baked beans are the perfect recipe that can be prepped ahead of time. Enjoying time with your family and friends this summer is what it’s all about.

Macaroni Salad Tips

This recipe is super easy from the start…

To make this recipe come together even quicker, start boiling your water for the pasta first. Then start chopping your veggies. Once your water comes to a boil, cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta cooks, finish up chopping the vegetables. All vegetables will be chopped and ready to go when the pasta is cooked.

This recipe calls for Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip. Speaking from experience, there is a slightly different taste. Miracle Whip tends to lend a tangier sweet taste than mayonnaise. Knowing that this recipe included sweet relish as an ingredient, I opted to use mayonnaise. This is a judgment call for how sweet you like your macaroni salad and if you prefer Miracle Whip over Mayonnaise.

Aunt Mary’s Macaroni Salad

Aunt Mary’s Macaroni Salad


  • 12 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 2 celery heart stalks, chopped fine
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped fine
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • ½ cup sweet relish
  • ½ bag shredded Velveeta cheese
  • 1 – pint jar mayonnaise or Miracle Whip


Cook macaroni according to package directions or to desired tenderness. Drain. Rinse with cold water until cool to touch. Drain again. In a large bowl, mix celery, bell pepper, onion, sweet relish, Velveeta cheese, and cooked macaroni. Salt to taste. Cover and refrigerate overnight.


There are over 800 recipes in “What’s Cookin’ at First Security,” all submitted by employees and customers. Proceeds from the sales go to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance to help feed people across the state. You can purchase the cookbooks for $20 at any First Security Bank location.

Thank you so much to Sharon English, banking center manager at Searcy East Race for submitting such a great summertime side dish recipe to the cookbook.

Check out a few more summer salads!

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Chicken Pasta Salad for the Summer Win

Greek Pasta Salad Seasons Your Summer Fun

For more recipes from the cookbook, click here.

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Well-known Arkansas food writer and recipe creator Lacie Ring was born and raised right here in Arkansas. Although her husband’s military career took them around the world, he and Lacie settled back in their home state. Lacie blogs at www.easypeasypleasy.com where she creates easy and delicious recipes for busy families. She is also a recipe creator and food photographer for brands local to Arkansas and abroad. In her spare time, Lacie enjoys spending time with her son and husband camping and enjoying the outdoors.

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One response to “Macaroni Salad is the Perfect Summertime Side Dish”

  1. Tina Peace says:

    I’ve made this for years and the mayo – MW debate rages when the answer is sooo simple. 1/2 and 1/2. That’s the way my mother in law taught me in ‘79. We always had both as a large family of opinionated people.

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