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When it comes to making ‘sides’ for family picnics ~ there is a most requestedelbow macaroni salad‘ on my side of the family and Gram’s family favorite ‘rotini salad‘ on my hubby’s side of the family.

Each recipe having a very different flavor….and each will have you adding an extra spoonful to your plate.

The ‘elbow macaroni salad’ recipe is a little creamier and sweeter than the other and pairs nicely with a pulled beef sandwich (here).

Add a spoonful of baked beans (preferably my Nana’s) and you will have a delicious meal at any picnic….or anytime of the year.

Elbow Macaroni Salad


  • 16 oz elbow macaroni
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups mayo
  • 16 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar (I reduce to 1/4 cup once in a while)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • combine mayo, onions, peppers, sweetened condensed milk, sugar and vinegar into a bowl. Cook Macaroni. Pour combination over cooled cooked macaroni. Season with salt & pepper.
    Chill at least 8 hours (I chill overnight) to thicken, then mix well and serve.

Gram’s ‘rotini salad‘ pairs nicely with a sausage link or hot dog on the grill.

Here is Gram’s recipe in her own handwriting…..we sure do miss you Gram.

Each Recipe is to be ‘refrigerated overnight’ before serving ~ be sure to plan ahead.

Two perfect salads to enjoy at any summertime gathering!

Two spoon-fulls please!



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3 thoughts on “Elbow Macaroni vs Rotini Salad ~ Perfect Picnic Sides

  1. Pam says:

    Thanks for sharing your recipes. They look and sound WONDERFUL! I particularly liked Gram’s recipe in her own writing. What a treasure. I’m glad you didn’t type it. It’s priceless. Thanks again.

    P.S. I always enjoy reading your emails.😊

    1. ….yes priceless. There are so many other things I wish I would have kept :). Thank you so much Pam!

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