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Macaroni Salad Recipe

Macaroni Salad is one of those classic salads that makes an appearance at every family or holiday picnic. It’s the perfect summer side dish for grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. Come on in and I’ll share an Easy and Delicious Macaroni Salad Recipe…

Classic Macaroni Salad

Classic Macaroni Salad 

Macaroni salad is easy enough to find at your local deli, but the homemade version is so easy and so much better.

Sides are so key to potlucks. If you are out and about looking for sides, I think you’ll love this recipe for Creamy Cucumber Salad, Cold Spaghetti Salad, this old fashioned Seven Layered Sald, or KFC Coleslaw (copy-cat)

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This easy homemade Macaroni Salad will be the hit of your celebration.

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How long will Macaroni Salad last in the refrigerator?

If covered and stored in the refrigerator, macaroni salad will last up to five days.

What can I serve with Macaroni Salad?

Anything grilled goes great with macaroni salad. It’s great with hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, and steak.

Should I rinse the macaroni noodles for Macaroni Salad?

Yes. Rinse with cold water. It helps stop the noodles from cooking more and cools the noodles for mixing.

If you are ready to make this recipe, let’s make sure you have everything you’ll need


  • elbow macaroni noodles – uncooked
  • sweet onion –  chopped
  • celery – chopped
  • green pepper –  chopped
  • carrot – grated
  • sweet pickled relish
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • mayonnaise
  • apple cider vinegar
  • granulated sugar
  • yellow mustard

How to Make Macaroni Salad

  • Cook and drain the noodles
  • Let Cool
  • In a large bowl, combine everything and mix well
  • cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight

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Classic Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad Recipe

Easy and classic macaroni salad for a delicious picnic side.
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 268 cal


  • 2 cups elbow macaroni noodles uncooked
  • 1 small sweet onion chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • ¼ cup carrot grated
  • 1 Tbsp. sweet pickled relish
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. yellow mustard


  • Cook and drain the noodles
  • Let Cool
  • In a large bowl, combine everything and mix well
  • cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight


Can be doubled to feed a bigger crowd.


Calories: 268calCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 5gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 280mgPotassium: 99mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 642IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy, pasta, summer
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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Elaine McGee

    5 stars
    Great macaroni salad. Left the carrots out-didn’t think we’d like them in it.
    We think it is the best we’ve eaten!

    1. Melissa

      What a great compliment! I’m so glad that you like the recipe. Thank you for coming back to review it. I really appreciate it. 🙂

      1. Joanne

        No onion I use union flakes no peppers

  2. Diana Anderson

    4 stars
    Wow, this is one great macaroni salad! I’ve always made the same one forever. This is my new go too!

    1. Melissa

      This makes me so happy! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for coming back to tell me and rate it. 🙂

  3. Rick

    Made this recipe, gojng to taste it tonight. But my rsnt is how horrible Pinterest has gotten with all the pop up ads, videos, and “Crap” honestly someone should make a competing app and ditch all the advertising. Find alternate funding. The posters are part of the problem they want revenues so link everything under the table/counter so they get $$$

  4. Amanda

    Excited to try this! Just wondering- do you have the nutrition facts for this recipe?

    1. Melissa

      Hi Amanda. I’m sorry, I don’t have the nutrition facts for you. I hope to start adding those within the next couple of weeks, but my current recipe card does not generate them. So sorry.

  5. Ann

    5 stars
    Just made this and it’s delicious! I did increase the mayo a bit! I always thought there had to be eggs in this…no wonder mine never came out right! Thank you for an easy go to recipe!

  6. Carol

    5 stars
    Never made mac salad before. I am so glad I found this recipe! It is the best I have ever had. I hate buying store mac salad, too much mayo in it. Love this recipe was fun to make and so enjoyable to eat!

    1. Melissa

      I’m so happy that you tried it. It’s not hard to make and so worth it! Thanks for coming back to leave me a great review!

  7. margaret

    Was this made with sweet relish or dill?

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