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Macaroni Salad

This delicious Macaroni Salad recipe is the perfect dish to complement a barbecue. Filled with a creamy dressing and veggies.

Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, pasta, salad, side dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Censie


For the Pasta

  • 2 cups dry macaroni noodles (4 cups cooked)
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 2 green onions diced - green parts only

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 TBSP apple cider vinegar (can use white or red wine vinegar)
  • 2 TBSP white sugar
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 TBSP sweet green relish
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


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

  2. Prepare veggies by chopping and dicing as needed.  

  3. In a large bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients. Taste and adjust to your personal preferences. (adding more sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper if needed.)

  4. Add the cooked macaroni, stir well to coat.

  5. Then add the chopped veggies to the bowl and stir to combine.  

  6. Cover the bowl and place the salad in the fridge for an hour to let the flavors marinate.

  7. Serve and enjoy salad chilled.