Made with Miracle Whip, this Macaroni Salad is a summertime classic. This recipe, which was inspired by the salad my dad makes, has become one of my go-to sides for grilling and entertaining.

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This post has been sponsored by HEINZ and Miracle Whip. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Yes, my friends, I’m back with another pasta/macaroni salad recipe. This type of salad is a favorite of mine, and I realize that most folks have their own way to make one. While I’ve shared a mayonnaise-based macaroni salad recipe with you in the past, this recipe for one made with Miracle Whip is long overdue.

Macaroni Salad with Miracle Whip:

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This recipe is inspired by my dad’s. His macaroni salad is a popular dish at his annual Independence Day party, so I think you’re going to enjoy this salad. What I love about the Miracle Whip is the zip and tang taste it gives the macaroni salad.

To get all of the ingredients for this recipe, I headed to my local Giant Eagle. While I was there, I also picked up other grilling and entertaining essentials: hamburger, buns, cute gingham plates, and HEINZ Ketchup.

Miracle Macaroni Salad (Miracle Whip Based) Recipe Macaroni Salad

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With everything purchased, I was ready to whip up a delicious and easy meal to celebrate the start of summer.

How to Make Miracle Whip Macaroni Salad:

Now, as much as I love my dad’s macaroni salad, his version is a bit basic for my tastes. To kick his recipe up a couple of notches, I add red peppers, celery, dill relish, and a few seasonings.

Another change I made was with the pasta. I decided to ditch the macaroni and use this fun Ditalini pasta. I thought it would make the dish feel special. Plus, I like how those little rings hold on to lots of dressing.

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After cooking and draining the Ditalini, I added hard-boiled eggs, celery, red pepper, and onion. For the dressing, I whisked together the Miracle Whip, yellow mustard, apple cider vinegar, sugar, dill pickle relish, garlic salt, celery seed, and salt and pepper to taste.

Once the dressing was prepared, I added it to the pasta mixture and stirred it to combine everything. I recommend allowing the macaroni salad to sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. This allows the salad to cool and the flavors to meld.

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And what’s a perfect complement to macaroni salad? Hamburgers! So, I pulled out the grill and grilled up a few burgers to create a full meal of deliciousness. Top your burger the way you like it, but don’t forget a squirt of HEINZ Ketchup. It doesn’t get any better than that! I don’t know how it is in your neck of the woods but in this area, HEINZ Ketchup is a must on the table. One of the reasons why is that HEINZ Ketchup is made right here in Pittsburgh. It’s been a favorite of my family for years.

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Macaroni Salad (Miracle Whip Based) Recipe #macaronisalad #summer #grilling #recipe #pasta #salad #sidedish

With the table set, burgers grilled, and macaroni salad cooled, I was ready to announce, “Dinner is served.” Before anyone digs in, may I also tell you how much I like the look of red gingham for summer entertaining? These paper plates and napkins are so cute!

Want more pasta and macaroni salad recipes? Try these:

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Macaroni Salad (Miracle Whip Based) Recipe #macaronisalad #summer #grilling #recipe #pasta #salad #sidedish

I think you are going to love this Miracle Whip-based Macaroni Salad. And remember, it’s Grilling Season at Giant Eagle so be sure to shop Giant Eagle for all your summer grilling essentials.


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Macaroni Salad Recipe (Miracle Whip based):

Macaroni Salad (Miracle Whip Based)

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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: macaroni salad, miracle whip, pasta salad
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Made with Miracle Whip, this Macaroni Salad is a summertime classic. This recipe, which was inspired by the salad my dad makes, has become one of my go-to sides for grilling and entertaining.


Pasta Salad:
  • 1 pound Ditalini pasta - cooked al dente
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs - peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 onion - chopped
  • 3 stalks celery - chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper - seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups Miracle Whip
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked Ditalini pasta, eggs, onion, celery, and red bell pepper.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the Miracle Whip, dill pickle relish, yellow mustard, sugar, apple cider vinegar, garlic salt, and celery seed. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the dressing to the pasta mixture and stir until well combined. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

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  • Brett Stoffel at

    I’ve made this several times and it’s by far the best macaroni salad I’ve ever had!!! My family also loves it!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much!!

      xo Michael

  • C. Stewart at

    Everybody knows you use sweet pickle relish in mac salad, not dill.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      That’s the best part about recipes – you can make them whichever way you prefer. AND you don’t have to tell someone their way is “wrong”. It’s a wonderful thing!

      xo Michael



  • Ray wauhkonen at

    This is the best macaroni I have had using Miracle Whip. A pure delight !

  • Hasan at

    Thank you for always including the perfect cooking ideas.

  • Donna at

    Can’t wait to try this recipe, but I’d love to have your Dad’s original recipe too!!

  • Janet Chilenski at

    Best macaroni salad I ever made would give it 5 stars my husband said that macaroni salad was good.

  • Lisa Win at

    I love getting a jump start on meal prep whenever I can, but if I make this dish too far in advance, I end up with a bowl of soggy pasta salad. Thanks for this healthy update.

  • Mairi at

    Hi, living in Cyprus🇨🇾I have no idea what (Miracle whip) is.. what can I substitute it with.. I’m thinking 1/2 mayonnaise 1/2 sour-cream… ? Thanks

  • Addie at

    My Mac salad got watery over night why?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hmmm. I’m not sure. Maybe the noodles weren’t drained enough or cooked too long?

      xo Michael

      • Camilla at

        This happens when the onions and celery are too juicy. I place my cut up veggies on paper towels for a bit to absorb excess moisture.

  • Elisabeth at

    How many people
    should i expect this to serve? Thanks!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’d say around 10-12 people.

      xo Michael

  • LORI at

    Hey Michael, just confirming it’s 1/2 cup of Miracle Whip for the dressing? Doesn’t seem like enough. I want to try this recipe for my 4th celebration.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much for asking, Lori. You are 100% correct! It should be 2 cups. I’m not sure what happened. The recipe has been corrected.

      xo Michael

  • Linda at

    Looks yummy, Michael and served up so attractively. Thanks for the inspiration. Happy summer to you!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re very welcome! Happy Summer!

      xo Michael

  • Susan Williams at

    I had to try this recipe ASAP and it did not disappoint. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Helen at

    Your pasta salad looks delicious and I can’t wait to try the recipe. Thank you for always sharing the best decorating, gardening and food ideas.

  • StandardSalt at

    Awesome to see MACARONI SALAD recipe. You just made my day. Thanks for this healthy post.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re so welcome! Enjoy!

      xo Michael

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