Macaroni Salad

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Macaroni Salad is always a great dish to bring to a party. This easy Macaroni Salad recipe will impress your family and friends at your next picnic or BBQ. This dish pairs well with almost anything.

Introducing our delightful and fuss-free Easy Macaroni Salad recipe! Whether you’re gearing up for a picnic, potluck, or simply craving a classic comfort dish, this recipe is your ticket to a mouthwatering experience. With tender elbow macaroni as its base, this salad combines a medley of fresh and zesty flavors to create a harmonious symphony of taste and texture.

We’ve tossed together perfectly cooked macaroni with the crisp crunch of diced celery and the vibrant kick of minced red onion. A sprinkle of minced flat-leaf parsley and the option to add diced vine-ripened tomato elevate the freshness factor to a whole new level.

But what’s a great salad without its creamy dressing? Our homemade dressing boasts a blend of prepared mayonnaise, dry mustard, and just the right touch of sugar for a hint of sweetness. Cider vinegar lends a tangy punch, while sour cream adds a luxurious creaminess that ties everything together.

To bring it all to life, a dash of kosher salt and a grind of freshly ground black pepper are added, creating a flavor profile that dances on your taste buds. The end result is a medley of textures and flavors that harmonize to create a dish that’s both satisfying and irresistible.

So, whether you’re preparing for a gathering or simply craving a bowl of comfort, our Easy Macaroni Salad promises to deliver a delightful culinary experience that’s quick to make and sure to impress. Get ready to indulge in a symphony of flavors that celebrates simplicity and taste, all in one delightful bite!

Try this Macaroni Salad with Grilled Tri Tip Steak, St. Louis-Style Steak or Savory Grilled T-Bones.


Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad is always a great dish to bring to a party.

  • Author: Food Network Kitchen
  • Prep Time: :20
  • Cook Time: :10
  • Total Time: :30
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Mix / Chill
  • Cuisine: American


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  • 2 cups dry elbow macaroni, cooked, rinsed, and drained
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion, soaked in cold water for 5 minutes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup diced vine-ripened tomato (optional)
  • 1/2 cup prepared mayonnaise
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large bowl combine the macaroni, celery, onion, parsley and tomato, if using.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, vinegar, sour cream and salt.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir to combine.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
  5. Store covered in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.
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