Quick & Easy Make-Ahead Side Dish: Puerto Rican Style Macaroni Salad {Recipe}

by Melanie Edwards on August 29, 2014 · 6 comments

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As Labor Day approaches, you may be looking for a fun or different recipe to make for any Labor Day parties you’re attending or perhaps just to add to your grilled meal. Though I’m sure you’re familiar with a variety of macaroni salad recipes, today I’m going to share my mami’s recipe with you! Her Puerto Rican style macaroni salad recipe is simple, blending familiar flavors in a unique way to create a delicious macaroni salad I’m sure you’ll love! It’s also easy to make and great for making ahead of time before a get-together! Ready to give this Puerto Rican macaroni salad recipe a try? Check out the recipe below, using ingredients you can purchase during your next grocery shopping trip at your local Walmart.

Puerto Rican Style Macaroni Salad

Puerto Rican Style Macaroni Salad Recipe


  • 1 16 oz box of elbow macaroni pasta
  • 5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 9-10 green Spanish salad olives, diced – plus 1/2 tsp of the liquid
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oregano or Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 carrot, rinsed and shredded
  • 2 cups mayonnaise

Puerto Rican Style Macaroni Salad, Ingredients Needed


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, adding macaroni, once boiling.
  2. Cook macaroni to package directions (until al dente) and strain under running cold water. This will help stop the pasta from cooking further, so it won’t get too soft.
  3. Add macaroni back to pot. Stir in olive oil.
  4. Add in all of the remaining ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed. Add more salt, if necessary, to taste.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Puerto Rican Style Macaroni Salad

I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day holiday! Whether you’ll be out taking advantage of some of the Labor Day sales, or simply relaxing at home, here are plenty of ideas for celebrating this Labor Day weekend!

Do you think you’ll be trying this Puerto Rican style macaroni salad for your Labor Day festivities this weekend? Let me know in the comments below how you and your family like it!

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1 Lancy September 22, 2014 at 8:21 am

very good, thanks!

2 Keshana May 25, 2015 at 4:23 pm

YES I will be trying it today and it is Memorial Day!! thank you…..:-)

3 Carrie July 12, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Very good! Made it for a family BBQ

4 Melanie Edwards July 13, 2015 at 3:24 pm


5 Krystain B July 20, 2015 at 6:48 pm

Love it! Mine if I share it on my blog?

6 Melanie Edwards July 22, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Thanks, Krystain! You can certainly link to this recipe from your blog, but please don’t share the specifics.

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