July ActiveRain Challenge - Mae's Macaroni Salad

Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

It just wouldn't be a family party without Mae's Macaroni Salad.

My mother-in-law's famous (in our family anyways) macaroni salad was, and still is, present at every party. Birthdays and holidays...if Mae was in attendance, so was her pasta. 

Mae has been gone twenty years now, but her salad lives on. 

I've continued the family tradition, serving this dish at every cookout and family gathering.


Mae's Macaroni Salad



16 ounces elbow macaroni

1  chopped onion

3  chopped celery stalks

1  carrot

3 hard boiled eggs

1/3 cup of sweet relish   

 1/4 cup of white vinegar

 6-7  heaping tablespoons mayonnaise 


Boil the pasta until tender. Drain in strainer and set aside to cool.

Chop the onion and celery and add to a large bowl. Mae was a stickler on chopping as fine as possible. Mince is probably a better choice of words.

Peel and then grate carrot and add to the bowl. Again...finely grated. 

Peel and chop the eggs. Mash them with a fork. Just like the veggies, the egg should be mashed into dust. 

Add eggs to bowl.

Add the relish.

Add the pasta to bowl and sprinkle the white vinegar over the entire salad.

Add the mayonnaise and mix it all together.

Salt and pepper to taste.



Place the salad in a serving bowl and lightly sprinkle the top with paprika for color.

Add a slice or two of red or green pepper on top as a decorative touch. 



I substituted Gluten Free pasta, Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta, this time and it worked out great.

Yes, that is Mae's original crystal dish that she always used.

I think she would be very happy knowing her recipe is being carried on and that a whole new generation is enjoying it!

I hope this recipe continues to be passed down through the generations long after I'm gone too.



Written for: July ActiveRain Challenge Savory Stories


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Comments (17)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Wow, I get hungry just reading th title. Make it a productive Monday and sell a house.  Bill Salvatore 

Jul 12, 2021 05:57 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That looks and sounds delicious! I would definitely have some of that if it was being served at a gathering I was at.  I love the video that you put together for it, makes things easy for a non-cook like myself, haha.

Jul 12, 2021 05:59 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I love family traditions like this one and I love macaroni salad.  This rendition looks delicious!  Thank you for sharing it with us!

Jul 12, 2021 06:08 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Sharon - I can tell this recipe also included an extra serving of love because it is is readily apparent in this post.  After all that ingredient is a "must".   😃

Jul 12, 2021 06:11 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Sharon... this looks really yummy. I love macaroni salad, but never make it... no one in our family eats it but me.

Jul 12, 2021 06:22 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog  My family loves it, and I bet yours would too!

Brian England  I've read enough recipes that confused me because of lack of detail... I know the more information you can give, the better. Video can really make all the difference when someone isn't sure of something. I hope this is easy enough to follow.

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty  It is the first recipe I thought of when I saw the challenge. I hope people try it and enjoy it as much as we do.

Michael Jacobs  Oops...did I leave that ingredient out??? YES, love is the secret ingredient.  

Nina Hollander, Broker  Maybe make it for the next pot luck event you attend. I hope you get a chance to give it a try.

Jul 12, 2021 06:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Sharon Tara you might laugh, Sharon... but I've never been to a potluck anything in my life!

Jul 12, 2021 06:50 AM
Sharon Tara

WOW! That is very hard to believe. Lucky you. LOL

Jul 12, 2021 11:36 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Carrying along the family tradition with that recipe was important as it would be to any family with a lost member.  The love will always be the key ingredient.

Jul 12, 2021 06:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning Sharon,

I love the story behind the recipe and the love an care you have for Mae.  I am sure it is good.  A

Jul 12, 2021 06:55 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Sharon Tara great job for your entry into the challenge. Especially how you included a video.

Jul 12, 2021 07:56 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Sharon,
There's nothing quite like a good family recipe passed down through the generations. The macaroni salad looks delicious.  I also appreciate the video. Looks easy enough.

Jul 12, 2021 08:13 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

This recipe sounds fabulous Sharon!  Mae's salad is going to become a fan favorite at many parties.....including our next one.  Thanks for sharing!

Jul 12, 2021 10:07 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Ed Silva  Yes, the love is the most important ingredient. It makes me happy to serve it to my family and friends!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  Thank you! Mae had many wonderful recipes, but this is the one that was included at almost every event. 

Rocky Dickerson  thank you! And thank you for the challenge! 

Carol Williams  Ah yes...the tried and true recipes are the best! This one is a bit time consuming...all that chopping...but really is very easy to throw together.

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker  Oh I hope you do try it. It has always been a crowd pleaser for us!

Jul 12, 2021 11:55 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Well done, Sharon!!!  I love macaroni salad!  I'm going to try to make this one but first I'll see if Larry will do the mincing for me!!! LOL

Jul 12, 2021 12:30 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Kathy Streib  HaHa. It was Rick's job as a kid to do the mincing and he said she always insist he keep going when he wanted to be done. 

I don't really mind it...releases some aggression. LOL

Jul 12, 2021 12:52 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Sharon Tara thanks for the delicious Mae's Macaroni Salad recipe.

Jul 12, 2021 02:10 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

John Pusa  You are very welcome. I hope you give it a try and enjoy it as much as we do!

Jul 12, 2021 05:25 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sharon:

Thanks for a great recipe. I love how family recipes endure over the years and continue to be enjoyed...and shared with others. And how cool to have Mae's crystal dish to serve it in over and over.


Jul 15, 2021 03:38 PM