basic mac salad

Every now and then I just want a basic, satisfying elbow macaroni salad. No fancy pasta-y salad stuff, just a down home, mayo-dressed elbow mac salad as a simple side. The problem is the dressing. Too often I try to wing it and end up "doctoring" it until it's ..bleh. How do you make yours, what do you throw in there, and what about the dressing...?

(I use Hellman's thinned with vinegar, a touch of sugar and salt, and a bit of dijon, grated carrots and maybe celery,'s still...iffy. Maybe that's the nature of a mac salad...?

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