Macaroni Salad

This Macaroni Salad is a bit different then some recipes I see. The recipe was given to me when I lived in Yellowknife over 30 years ago. I had actually forgotten about it, but when I was looking through my recipe book, there it was! I am happy I found it!

Simple ingredients blend together to make this tasty Macaroni Salad. The original recipe calls for the addition of a can of salmon, but I made it without since I was serving it as a side to some salmon burgers. With the canned salmon added to it, or I am sure a can of tuna would be just as good, it could be the main dish with a side salad….lunch or dinner!

Here is the recipe


2 cups cooked & drained  macaroni *** 1 cup uncooked

2/3 cup Catalina salad dressing

3/4 cup diced celery

1/2 cup chopped red onion •••• I do not love raw onion so I think I would leave this out next time…maybe I will add some of the pickled onions from the jar of sweet pickles…..

1/4 cup chopped sweet pickles

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 can salmon or tuna  *** optional

Optional.. I think that some cooled cooked peas would be a good addition to this macaroni salad


  1. Mix the cooked macaroni with the 2/3 cup Catalina salad dressing & let stand for 15 – 20 minutes
  2. Add the remaining ingredients…the celery, red onion, sweet pickles & mayonnaise *** add the peas if using
  3. Add the canned salmon or tuna if using
  4. Chill & serve cold



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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

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