Pile of uncooked macaroni noodles.

Macaroni Salad with Salmon

Serves: 6-8


  • 2 cups dry macaroni noodles
  • Salt
  • 2 cans salmon (7-oz. each)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise, plus more as needed
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 Tbs fresh, chopped parsley (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste (optional)
  • Tabasco or favorite hot sauce, to taste (optional)


  1. Add salt to the cooking water. Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water briefly, so macaroni is warm but not hot. Drain again.
  2. In a large bowl, mix salmon and all other ingredients except macaroni and pepper.
  3. Stir in drained, warm macaroni. Season with pepper and hot sauce to taste, if desired.
  4. Chill before serving. 


  • If the salad dries out, add more mayonnaise or a small amount of water, as needed. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed.

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