Mac-Daddi-Roni Salad


With the start of the Memorial Day Weekend, I’m posting this recipe that seems fitting for all of the crazy barbecues, parties and gatherings that’ll be taking place across the country. I’m not sure if you’ve heard of this salad, but it’s a Guy Fieri recipe which I’ve depended on for many a picnic at my own house. It’s a slight twist on the “same ol'” macaroni salad and has quite a bit more freshness and “pop” than the original typical versions. There are many kinds of pasta salads out there, but ever since making this for the first time…when I want just a good old picnic macaroni salad, I always go for this one. Give it a try… you’ll be glad you did!


Mac-Daddi-Roni SaladΒ 

Recipe courtesy Guy Fieri, 2007


16 ounces macaroni pasta, 1/4-inch tube

2 cups mayonnaise

2 tablespoons minced garlic

3 tablespoons yellow mustard

1 tablespoon white vinegar

3/4 cup minced red onion

3/4 cup minced roasted red bell pepper

1/2 cup carrot, diced

3/4 cup celery, diced

1/4 cup diced peppadew peppers

1/4 cup minced pepperoncini

1 teaspoons sea salt

1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper


In a medium pot, boil water and add salt. Add pasta, cook until al dente, and place into an ice water bath.

In a medium mixing bowl add mayonnaise, garlic, mustard, and vinegar. Mix to combine and place in refrigerator to keep chilled while pasta cools down.

When pasta is cool, mix in mayonnaise mixture and all vegetables. Mix thoroughly, season with salt and pepper. Place into refrigerator and chill for 1 hour for the flavors to combine.

17 thoughts on “Mac-Daddi-Roni Salad

  1. Yum! Looks really good. I love to cook but macaroni salads and cole slaw salads are so convenient to buy at the store and sooo good that for me to make it myself just doesn’t seem worth the effort. I’d eat yours in a heartbeat though!

    1. Thank you… I appreciate that! Yes, I hope you can make it sometime. It’s SO great and refreshing when it’s nice and cold out of the fridge! πŸ™‚

  2. Good idea for the first bbq we are having next week – and then we’re off to France for a few days – can’t wait to get away!

  3. This is simple, straightforward, and ready in minutes once ingredients are assembled. I am not sure, though, that I can get the peppers in my local store (I live in a small city) but i shall try the bigger stores. Enjoy your week-long vacation, and have a fantastic weekend!

    1. It’s definitely another easy one! πŸ˜‰ It’s so wonderful after chilling through in the fridge. A true summer food! Thanks so much and have a great weekend, Liz!!

    1. Thank you so much… I’m greatly looking forward to it! Yes, I think there’s just something about a cold, fresh macaroni salad that does the trick at a BBQ! Have a great weekend and looking forward to catching up upon my return! πŸ™‚

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