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The Best Macaroni Salad Recipe

The Best Macaroni Salad Recipe

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This Macaroni Salad Recipe will become a go-to favorite side dish for any occasion! Made with elbow macaroni, celery, carrots and a few secret ingredients, it easily comes together.

macaroni salad

My love for Macaroni Salad began as a child. There was nothing I loved more than family BBQ’s where my Aunt made the Macaroni Salad. Do you have any memories like this that revolve around a loved one’s recipe?

In my humble opinion, there is no store bought Macaroni Salad that would ever compare to the homemade version.

macaroni salad

You will be amazed at how simple it is to make your own homemade Macaroni Salad recipe! It will become your go-to side dish at BBQ’s, tailgates, picnics and even just as a simple side to any meal.

This Macaroni Salad recipe is the perfect make ahead option too, since it needs some time to marinate to let the flavors meld together.

How to Make Macaroni Salad

Be sure to scroll down to get the full printable recipe!

Here is what you will need:

macaroni salad ingredients

macaroni noodles (4 cups cooked)
celery
diced carrot
red bell pepper
green onions
mayonnaise
sour cream
apple cider vinegar (can use white or red wine vinegar)
white sugar
yellow mustard
sweet green relish
garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Do not rinse after draining.

In a large bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients. Taste and adjust to your personal preferences.

macaroni salad

Add the cooked macaroni, stir well to coat, and then mix in the chopped vegetables.

macaroni salad

Place the salad in the fridge for an hour to let the flavors marinate.

Some great recipes to serve this Macaroni Salad recipe with:

Sloppy Joes
Pulled Pork Sliders
Sausage & Peppers Sandwiches
Better than Rotisserie Chicken

macaroni salad
macaroni salad

How long will macaroni salad last?

You can keep your macaroni salad in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container.

macaroni salad

More great sides to serve along with Macaroni Salad:

Corn on the cob
Cucumber Salad
Sweet Potato Fries

macaroni salad
Macaroni Salad Recipe

Macaroni Salad Recipe

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This Macaroni Salad Recipe will become a go-to favorite side dish for any occasion! Made with elbow macaroni, celery, carrots and a few secret ingredients, it easily comes together. 

Ingredients

  • Macaroni Salad
  • 2 cups dry macaroni noodles (4 cups cooked)
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 green onions, diced (green parts only)
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar (can use white or red wine vinegar)
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons sweet green relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

    1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Do not rinse after draining.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients. Taste and adjust to your personal preferences.
    3. Add the cooked macaroni, stir well to coat, and then mix in the chopped vegetables.
    4. Place the macaroni salad in the fridge for an hour to let the flavors marinate.

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