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Amish Pasta Salad (Classic Side Dish!)

Amish Pasta Salad is a classic get-together dish! This pasta salad combines your favorite cooked pasta, hard-boiled eggs, and crisp veggies.

All ingredients are tossed in a subtly sweet, tangy, creamy dressing that your friends and loved ones will ask for again and again.

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Amish Pasta Salad

Family get-togethers, hot summer barbecues, or holiday potlucks are the perfect opportunity for this homemade Amish Pasta Salad to accompany crispy fried chicken, thick juicy burgers, or pretty much anything that may be coming off the grill.

This fun twist on the classic pasta salad recipe combines simple, easy-to-find ingredients and tosses them in a creamy sweet yet tangy dressing that will be a hit with everyone in attendance!

What is Amish Macaroni Salad?

Amish pasta salad is pasta salad but with a fun twist that lies in the dressing.

Unlike regular pasta which uses Miracle Whip, Amish mac salad uses real mayo, Dijon mustard, sugar, and vinegar to create a tantalizingly addictive sweet and tangy dressing.

Why you will love this recipe:

  • Simple, easy to find ingredients
  • Budget friendly
  • Ready in 20-minutes
  • Made in two bowls
  • Classic potluck recipe
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Ingredients Needed

Pasta – Bow tie or elbow macaroni are traditionally used in pasta salads but feel free to use whatever shape you prefer.

Onion – To keep in line with the sweetness of this salad, Vidalia is an excellent sweet onion choice, however; feel free to use red, white, or yellow!

Bell Pepper – I recommend using red or orange bell peppers as they are sweeter and add more color than green pepper but feel free use green if those are all you can find at your local grocery store.

Hard boiled eggs – While the recipe calls for 4 hard boiled eggs, I often add 6. And, if you need a guide for making easy peel hard-boiled eggs, check this out. Feel free to leave them out if you want.

Mayonnaise – I love using Duke’s Real Mayonnaise because of its delicious flavor and super creamy texture but feel free to use your favorite brand. You can even use a vegan version if you’d prefer.

Sweet pickle relish – Sweet pickle relish adds a wonderful crunchy and sweetness to this recipe but feel free to use dill if you prefer a sourer note in relish.

Apple cider vinegar – Helps cut some of the sweetness while adding in subtle tangy notes.

Pantry Staples – Celery, garlic, celery seed, Dijon mustard, sugar, Worcestershire sauce.

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How to make Amish Pasta Salad

ONE: Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain, and rinse under cold water for 1-minute.

TWO: In a large bowl, add the cooked macaroni pasta, eggs, onion, celery, and pepper. Toss to combine.

THREE: In a medium bowl, whisk all dressing ingredients and stir until sugar has dissolved and sauce is creamy. Pour over pasta.

FOUR: Toss pasta with the sauce until combined. Enjoy!

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

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Can I freeze it?

Amish Macaroni Salad does not freeze well. However, it does last up to 5-days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

What’s the best brand of mayo to use?

Any time a recipe calls for the use of mayo, I always grab a bottle of Duke’s Mayonnaise as I prefer the flavor of this real mayonnaise.

However, feel free to use Miracle Whip or your favorite brand of regular mayo.

Can sugar be omitted from it?

While a bit sugar makes this salad, feel free to omit it if you’re looking to consume less sugar.

If not added, I would recommend using Miracle Whip versus real mayonnaise as Miracle Whip is a sweetened sauce condiment along with a sweet relish to ensure the salad retains its iconic natural sweetness.

You can also use your favorite sugar alternative like Swerve or Stevia.

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Can I use a different relish?

If you are not a fan of sweet pickle relish, feel free to swap out with a dill pickle relish. The flavor profile will be slightly different as a dill relish is traditionally sourer versus sweet.

Can protein be added to the recipe?

Of course! Feel free to add chicken, tuna, ham, or shrimp for a heartier more complete dish!

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Tips for No Leftovers

  • You can use celery salt instead of celery seed if you don’t have it.
  • Switch out the red pepper for pimentos or roasted red peppers
  • Use stevia or another sugar substitute if desired.
  • Try this with gluten free pasta! This is my favorite brand
  • I love mine with Dukes mayo. But you can use Miracle Whip or regular mayo.
  • Don’t overcook the pasta. It needs to have some texture so it doesn’t get too mushy when you add the dressing.
  • Mix the salad dressing ingredients in a separate bowl before adding to the other ingredients to make sure it is fully mixed.
  • This Amish macaroni salad tastes best after it has set up for at least 24 hours. The flavors really mix well together after that time.
  • Cut back on calories with low fat, reduced fat, or fat free versions of mayo. Or use Greek yogurt or sour cream.

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This fun-twist on the classic macaroni salad recipe is the ultimate potluck dish that is not only affordable but is ready in 20-minutes!

bowl of amish pasta salad

Amish Pasta Salad

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Amish Pasta Salad is a classic get-together dish! This pasta salad combines your favorite cooked pasta, hard-boiled eggs, and crisp veggies.

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce package) pasta (any shape)
  • 3 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup red onion (diced)
  • 4 large hard boiled eggs (peeled, chopped)
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper

Dressing

  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, then drain and run under cold water for a minute to stop the cooking process. Drain well and set aside.
  2. Place the pasta, celery, eggs, onion and pepper in a bowl and toss to combine.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk all the dressing ingredients and stir until sugar has dissolved and sauce is creamy. 
  4. Pour over the pasta and veggies.
  5. Toss to combine with the dressing.
  6. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  7. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can use celery salt instead of celery seed if you don't have it.
  • Switch out the red pepper for pimentos or roasted red peppers
  • Use stevia or another sugar substitute if desired.
  • Try this with gluten free pasta! This is my favorite brand
  • I love mine with Dukes mayo. But you can use Miracle Whip or regular mayo.
  • Don't overcook the pasta. It needs to have some texture so it doesn't get too mushy when you add the dressing.
  • Mix the salad dressing ingredients in a separate bowl before adding to the other ingredients to make sure it is fully mixed.
  • This Amish macaroni salad tastes best after it has set up for at least 24 hours. The flavors really mix well together after that time.
  • Cut back on calories with low fat, reduced fat, or fat free versions of mayo. Or use Greek yogurt or sour cream.
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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 cup
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 619Total Fat: 59gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 47gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 751mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 6g

    This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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    Allyssa

    Tuesday 8th of March 2022

    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It's really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

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