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Amish Pasta Salad

This recipe for Amish Pasta Salad is so good.  I can eat this pasta salad for breakfast!  We hope it becomes one of your family favorites, too.  A wonderful dish for any gathering, picnic, holiday or just make it anytime. You might also enjoy our recipe for maple baked beans with sausage as another great side dish.

Recipe for Amish Pasta Salad:

1 (16 ounce) box medium shell pasta, uncooked
5 eggs, hard-boiled and chopped
1 cup celery chopped
1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped
1 (2 ounce) jar pimentos  drained
1 cup green pepper chopped
3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish drained
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

How to Prepare:

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.  In a large bowl mix pasta, eggs, onion, pimentos, celery, green pepper and relish.  In another bowl mix garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, celery seed, mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, mustard and vinegar.  Pour the mayonnaise mixture over the pasta and mix well. Can sprinkle with more paprika.  Chill in refrigerator several hours or overnight.  This makes about 12 cups and keeps well in the refrigerator for several days.  Enjoy!
Note:  If pasta salad gets dry after a day or so add more mayo, you could also add tuna, chicken or ham to this recipe.
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  1. Carol Dakin says:

    I use canned chicken instead of tuna…it’s delicious that way so rotisserie chicken would be great too.

  2. Mindy J Hatcher says:

    Do you have to use sugar?

  3. Bill it really depends on the individual, I have never used any pickle relish, it is just my preference. I’ve always used either homemade sweet pickles or regular dill pickle chips chopped up. I make homemade sweet pickles using whole SOUR pickles, NOT dill pickles, You simply drain a qt jar jar of whole sour pickles (wash and save your empty jar jar, slice them into a bowl, add 2 heaping cups of sugar, 3 Tbsps. of Tarragon vinegar, do not stir…seal with a lid for 24 hours. After 24 hours stir well and seal for an additional 24 hours. Open your sealed pickles chips and place them in your cleaned jar. They taste exactly like the sweet pickle chips my grandmother made from scratch when I was 8 years old (I am now 80). They are very crisp!
    Margo Haynes

  4. I use dill relish and love

  5. Is there any pasta salad recipe that doesn’t use sweet pickles or relish??? Just do not care for sweet pickles/relish. Mine all use dill in the mix!!! Thanks.

  6. KAREN BECKER says:

    Wow this pasta salad is amazing! I made it on the weekend and we just loved it. The recipe is a keeper for sure 🙂

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you so much Karen. So happy you like the recipe! Thanks for letting us know. Have a great day.

  7. My mother always put tuna in her’s…I still do it this way as of today, delicious…

  8. Made this for dinner and the entire family raved about it! Thank you.

  9. Made for supper was great! Love your recipes

  10. Juanita OConnor says:

    The great thing about this salad is you can use it as a side dish or a bit of doctoring a complete meal. I only use about half the sugar we do not like it quite as sweet. I grill a couple of tuna steaks dice and add that a quite often also add things like steamed broccoli and peas. Thanks for posting.

  11. The Southern Lady says:

    The following are comments posted on the Facebook page regarding this salad:
    Peggy Moore The Amish Macaroni Salad was awesome!!
    Lisa Chapweske Cain Made the Amish pasta salad, was amazing!
    Sally Whaley I made the Amish pasta too. It was great….and I had it for breakfast one morning too!
    Gay Ives Hardy Love, love the Amish Macaroni Salad….and yes, it’s good enough to even have for breakfast
    Denise Gates Coffman Pasta salad was a hit this past weekend. Thanks
    Liz Lee Hrinda So delicious! Now I make it all the time. The Amish pasta salad!
    Barbara Stanley Hardin Made the Amish pasta salad and the chicken fried steak, both were big hits!

  12. Thanks, Sounds delicious. Plan to try it soon.

  13. Can I use Miracle Whip instead of Mayo?

  14. I made it 2 weekends ago and going to make it again today we love it.

  15. Glenda Golden says:

    Looks great. Will try it for Easter at my daughters. Thank you.

  16. Is the sugar regular granular or powered sugar, I have never made this.
    Email me at [email protected]
    Thank you

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Anytime I say sugar in a recipe, I mean regular granular sugar. If it is powdered sugar, I will say so, Shirley.

  17. I like the thought of swapping out the sweet relish for dill and omitting the sugar. Savory is my preference. Thanks for a lovely recipe!

  18. Karen Watkins says:

    tuna and shrimp and you have a wonderful summer meal………..

  19. Connie Moorhead says:

    I’ve made this for years! (using tuna & minor variations) We always just called it Tuna Macaroni Salad. I’m not actually surprised at the Amish part, though. We lived near Amish & my German ancestry cooking was very similar to a lot of theirs.

  20. I make something very similar but I use Dorothy Lynch salad dressing in mine. It is divine….I’m going to try it your way and see how it compares.

  21. toomanygrandkids says:

    I’m not fond of celery seed so can I use celery salt instead? I’ll also be omitting the pimentos b/c I have no idea what they are or how they taste. Other than that, I’ll make this b/c I’ve been wanting too make this kind of salad for a long time.

  22. My family loves this pasta recipe. The only thing we do different is we leave the pimentos out.

  23. Peas added are real good too !

  24. Teresa Bial says:

    I made this delicious pasta salad this weekend and it is so good!! Reminds me of my Amish Grandmother’s salad and no one had the recipe all these years! Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes!

  25. Looks and sounds delicious! I think I make a darn good pasta salad, and it’s actually pretty similar to this one – but you had me at “Amish” – I really want to try making this next time I have company over! My mom’s family is from Pennsylvania, so all things Amish are near and dear to our hearts.

  26. I grew up on this…and many other Amish recipes as they had a community in our area. It’s the most versatile one ever! People always ask for the recipe. It looks really impressive with a grape tomato ring inside the dish and a small sprinkle of coarse chopped parsley on top.

  27. I like adding a can of albacore tuna. I love pasta salad anyway, anytime!!!

  28. I’ve made a similar pasta salad with imitation crab meat chunks. All are great salads for summertime when you want something cool to eat.

  29. I think adding a Rotisserie chicken in it would be great too..

  30. Try this same recipe usiing the no sugar added or sugar free sweet pickle relish and sub 1/4 c Stevia in the Raw or Truvia , use light Hellmans and use whole grain pasta and you will have a healthier version that is diabetic friendly and if you don’t tell, will know!!!! I do this all of the time……it is my way of life! This same general recipe works well with potatoes as well…also you can use dill pickle relish and no sweetner of any kind and have a more savory salad…it is all good!

  31. The 1/4 c of sugar took me by surprise…seems like a lot…no?

  32. Wilma Berryman says:

    This sounds heavenly but I would be the only one eating it at my house (which is fine with me) as my husband hates celery & green pepers. Oh well poor him…I have made a macaroni salad since we first married that is just like hiw Mom’s. Macaroni, Miracle Whip, chopped sweet pickle & chopped tomatoes. Everyone loves it & I get many requests for it.

  33. Susan McGuire says:

    That looks delicious!!! Think I’m gonna make it right now!! Thanks!

  34. oh my !!! this likes so GOOD, iwish i had the stuff to make it right now!! I Love You!!<3

  35. Valerie Buchanan says:

    This looks and sounds awesome! My other half and I are always at odds for the summer time or picnic side dish, usually between potato salad and macaroni salad. I’ve never been very good at making the macaroni salad so I usually don’t. I’m going to try this out on him!

  36. I just made this and have been sampling while the pasta cooked, the dressing is wonderful, I finally added the pasta and…I added some grilled left-over chicken breast meat to it, what a wondeful way to use up left over chicken too!

    • Valerie Buchanan says:

      What a great idea!

      • gave some to my mom and she just loved it, I’ve never been known for making a pasta salad that was any good other than the one she taught me to make and that one is just macaroni, mayo, cucumber and fresh tomatoes. She made that one for my wedding reception many, many years ago.

  37. this pasta salad does sound delcious, it has a great combination of ingrediants and flavors. I’m not a huge pasta fan but I think it would work well as a potato salad also.

  38. This looks really good!
    I’m always up for trying new pasta salad recipes. Even though I do have a good pasta salad recipe, I only have one. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!


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