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macaroni salad

Classic Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad is a summertime favorite recipe. This version is full of colorful vegetables, elbow pasta (regular or gluten-free) tossed in a creamy, tangy dressing you'll love!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time (estimate) 30 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 8 8-10 servings
Calories 259kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 2 cups Elbow Macaroni regular or gluten-free
  • 2 stalks Celery chopped
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup Grape Tomatoes halved
  • ¼ cup Red Onion minced and soaked in apple cider vinegar for 5 minutes
  • apple cider vinegar for soaking the onions

For the dressing:

  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Sour Cream
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Granulated Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Dry Mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the elbow macaroni according to package directions, drain and allow to cool completely.
  • In a bowl or measuring cup, add all the dressing ingredients: mayonnaise, sour cream, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, granulated sugar and dry mustard. Stir to combine.
  • Drain the red onion of the vinegar.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooled macaroni pasta with the vegetables. Pour 3/4ths of the dressing over and stir to combine (reserve the remaining 1/4 of the dressing).
    Refrigerate the salad and the remaining dressing (separately) until ready to serve.
  • Before serving toss with the rest of the dressing into the macaroni salad to freshen it up. Salt and pepper to taste before serving.


• This recipe is better when it sits for a few hours. I like to make it the morning I will be serving it.
• Be sure to allow your pasta to cool all the way or it will soak up the dressing leaving you with dry macaroni salad. 
• I will often use up whatever vegetables on hand in my refrigerator, cucumber, broccoli etc.
• The dressing is good on broccoli salad and coleslaw as well.


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 749IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg