Classic Retro Picnic Macaroni Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
How to make a fabulous Classic Retro Picnic Macaroni Salad! This is the best macaroni salad I've ever made, just like the 1970's versions, with a couple small updates! Delish!
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 299 kcal
  • 1-500 gram box Tortiglioni/Rocoli pasta twisted hollow tube pasta like curls!
  • 1 1/4 cups old cheddar cheese cubed small
  • 1 cup bread and butter pickles chopped small
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 10 green onion stems chopped
  • 1 lb cooked cooled bacon chopped or 1 cup diced ham cubes
  • 3 -6 eggs hard boiled and chopped depends how eggy you like it!
  • Dressing:br]
  • 1 package dry Ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise I use Hellmann's
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle juice
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • black pepper to taste
  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box for "firm" pasta. Drain, run under cool water until cold, drain again and place in a large bowl.
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients for the salad in the large bowl.
  3. Mix together all the dressing ingredients.
  4. Pour the dressing over the pasta and other ingredients; stir to cover the salad entirely with the dressing.
  5. Refrigerate until serving. This salad is best if left a few hours in the fridge or even overnight so that the flavors can meld together.
Nutrition Facts
Classic Retro Picnic Macaroni Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 651mg27%
Potassium 148mg4%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 420IU8%
Vitamin C 8.7mg11%
Calcium 118mg12%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.