Hi, friends! It’s summer and that means it’s picnic time! I love picnics and outdoor gatherings in the summer! Whether you’re the host or attending a picnic and need to take a dish, I’ve got a great one for you today! It’s easy and a crowd favorite – Pennsylvania Dutch Macaroni Salad.
Like most of you, I have gotten most of my favorite and “go to” recipes passed on to me from family or friends. This one was given to me by my friend, Cindy! And, I think it was passed on to her by another friend of hers! Recipes are like that – the good ones anyway!! And, this is one of those recipes!
I think I was at a graduation party at Cindy’s house when I first tasted. this macaroni salad. First, you should note that I don’t really like macaroni salad. Nope! I don’t care for it! Especially the kind you find in the deli section at the grocery store! But, Cindy was raving about this recipe and insisted that I give it a try. And, she was right! This macaroni salad was different from any that I’d had before! And, I loved it!
Pennsylvania Dutch Sweet & Tangy Macaroni Salad
This is a Pennsylvania Dutch version of the classic summer macaroni salad. What makes it “Pennsylvania Dutch” you may ask? I think it’s the combination of dressing ingredients that give this macaroni salad a sweet and tangy Pennsylvania Dutch twist. The dressing uses Miracle Whip, instead of the classic mayonnaise, a little bit of sugar, vinegar and yellow mustard. I will also say that I typically don’t care for Miracle Whip. If I have a choice between a sandwich with mayo or Miracle Whip, I will always choose the mayo. But, in this dressing combination, I like it!
- 4 Ribs Celery
- 1 Medium Onion
- Shredded Carrots
- 3 Hard Boiled Eggs
- 2 Cups Elbow Cooked Elbow Noodles
- 2 TBS Sugar
- 1 TBS Mustard
- 2 TBS Vinegar
- 2 Cups Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
- Sprinkle of Celery Seed
- Cook the macaroni noodles. Rinse with cold water and drain.
- Dice the celery and onion.
- Chop the hard boiled eggs.
- In a large bowl, combine the cooked and cooled macaroni, diced celery and onion, and chopped eggs.
- In a separate bowl mix together the Miracle Whip, mustard, sugar, and vinegar.
- Fold the dressing mixture into the macaroni bowl.
- Sprinkle with celery seed.
- Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
I like to make this a day early so there is time for the flavors to blend.
I hope you’ll give this macaroni salad recipe a try for your next summer picnic or party!
Here are a few other traditional Pennsylvania Dutch recipes you might also like: