Wendy's-Style Macaroni Salad Recipe

Pile it on HIGH on your plate!

wendy's macaroni salad recipe hack
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There was a time when salad bars were the go-to all-you-can-eat of the fast food restaurants, namely at Wendy's. It took creativity and skill to master the art of the towering salad stack. One of the most popular salad bar items was Wendy's macaroni salad. However, times have changed and that experience is no longer available at Wendy's. While you can still order the macaroni salad, it's no longer from the now-extinct salad bar.

If you miss creatively piling it on in the resto, this is a great recipe hack to help you recreate that experience at home. 

What is Wendy's-Style Macaroni Salad?

This pasta salad was a classic macaroni salad made with pasta, carrots, onions, pineapples, raisins,  and cucumbers in a delicious sweet-tangy mayonnaise dressing topped with grated cheese. What made it extra interesting (and better!) were the cubes of gelatin that burst in your mouth. 

You can totally keep this recipe classic with just the original ingredients but don't feel limited! If there's an ingredient that you always wanted to add to it, you totally can! Have you ever tried a macaroni salad with bell peppers? How about adding some chicken or even tuna to this macaroni salad to bump up its heartiness and make it more filling? You can even toss in some ham, crab sticks or kani and small peeled shrimp into the mix for a seafood version! 


Table of Contents

• How to Serve Wendy's-Style Macaroni Salad

• How to Cook Wendy's-Style Macaroni Salad

• Tips to Make Delicious Wendy's-Style Macaroni Salad

• How to Store Wendy's-Style Macaroni Salad

• Watch: How to Make Wendy's-Style Macaroni Salad Recipe Hack

• Wendy's-Style Macaroni Salad Recipe

How To Serve Wendy's-Style Macaroni Salad

As with most salads, this pasta salad is best served chilled but that doesn't mean it won't be delicious freshly made, especially if you're too impatient to give this recipe a taste. 

For an impressive presentation, rinse and dry lettuce leaves and line a platter or serving bowl with these. Then layer on the macaroni salad. Finish it off with strategically placed pineapples, raisins, cucumber slices, gelatin cubes, and grated cheese for a buffet experience at home that you'll want to revisit again. 

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How To Cook Wendy's-Style Macaroni Salad

Since this is a pasta salad, you need pasta and this is actually the only ingredient in this entire recipe that needs to be cooked at all! Follow the package directions or use your instinct on how soft or hard you want your cooked pasta to be. The gelatin just needs hot water and time to set before it can be cut into bite-sized pieces.


Once all your ingredients are ready, it's just all about tossing everything together into a large bowl and serving it up to eager diners. 

Tips To Make Delicious Wendy's-Style Macaroni Salad

Are you going to make a macaroni salad soon? You might need these tips to make it the best one you make: 

  • • Cook the elbow macaroni past al dente stage because chilled or cold pasta is more firm than freshly cooked pasta. 
  • • Make the gelatin cubes using gulaman instead to make them firmer. These won't melt during the summer heat! 
  • • Feel free to add boneless chicken chunks, flaked tuna, cooked shrimp, or even shredded kani or crabsticks to give this a unique twist! 
  • • This is an ideal make-ahead recipe for parties and potluck gatherings. You can make all the components of the macaroni salad, up to chilling the pasta salad, and then put all the toppings when you arrive at your destination. 

How To Store Delicious Wendy's-Style Macaroni Salad

Salads are best kept chilled until ready to serve. This is no exception and it's best stored in a close-lidded container so it won't absorb off odors from the refrigerator and stays as fresh as it can be for as long as you need it. 

So, if you're craving the taste of this salad, you need to try this version. It's a salad recipe that we think hits all the right flavors that you're looking for in the original version but is homemade.

Watch: Wendy's Style Salad Recipe Hack

Wendy's-Style Macaroni Salad Recipe

Prep Time
15 mins 
Cooking Time
20 mins 
Ready In
35 mins 
American, Filipino
Cooking Method
Simmer and Chill

Wendy's-Style Macaroni Salad Ingredients

How to make Wendy's-Style Macaroni Salad


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