Elbow Macaroni Pasta Salad (Easy Recipe)

Simple and quick, this easy macaroni salad is a breeze to make from scratch. This classic side dish combines tender pasta, a quick homemade sauce, and fresh, crunchy veggies. Youll love how tasty it is!

This recipe is a go-to dish all year round. I serve it at potlucks and barbecues as well as large family gatherings and parties alongside other side dishes such as coleslaw, cheesy potato casserole, andscalloped potatoes.

Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe

Bowl full of elbow macaroni salad

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Ingredients for macaroni salad

Ingredients Needed for Macaroni Salad in a Big Bowl

  • 1 box of elbow macaroni, cooked
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1 cup of mayo
  • cup of sour cream
  • 1 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley

What do you put in macaroni salad?

If youre feeling adventurous, here are some ingredient possibilities: olives, pickles, pickle relish, cucumbers, radishes, pimentos, green peppers, roasted red peppers, grape tomatoes, kidney beans, boiled eggs, peas, baby corn, cheese cubes, red onions, banana peppers, bacon, ham, hot dogs, chicken, turkey, tuna, and crab.

PRO TIP: If you decide to include bacon, I suggest cutting it in bite-sized pieces before you fry it. That way its ready to be tossed into the salad without further messy crumbling.

Cream Sauce Being Poured into Macaroni Pasta Salad

How to make macaroni salad:

STEP ONE: Boil pasta according to the package directionsbut slightly undercook so it doesnt become mushy when you add dressingand drain well but dont rinse.Toss it with a little olive oil so it doesnt stick together.

PRO TIP:Avoid using butter because it will clump when it becomes cold and that changes the salads taste.

STEP TWO:Then toss your chosen add-ins with the pasta, gently folding ingredients together with a spatula or large wooden spoon so the macaroni retains its shape.

PRO TIP:I think there is a better flavor melding if the add-ins are in smaller pieces or chunks. For example, halve cherry tomatoes, dice celery, and cube the ham.

STEP THREE:For the dressing, whisk mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, vinegar, mustard, and parsley together and pour over the salad. Be generous.

STEP FOUR:I like to chill the entire salad for a minimum of two hours before serving but six hours are even better.

bowls of pasta salad

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This simple, homemade macaroni salad is a crowd-pleasing favorite that is quick and easy to make. Combine tender macaroni noodles with fresh, crisp vegetables, and a fast, from scratch sauce for a winning side dish that is perfect for any meal or potluck.

Elbow Macaroni Pasta Salad

Tender elbow macaroni, a homemade sauce, and colorful, fresh veggies combine for this simple and quick macaroni salad.

  • 1 box of elbow macaroni (cooked)
  • 1 red pepper (diced)
  • 2 stalks of celery (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1 cup of mayo
  • cup of sour cream
  • 1 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 2 chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
  1. In a large bowl, toss cooked macaroni with celery, red pepper and carrots.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together mayo, sour cream, sugar, vinegar, mustard, green onions and parsley.
  3. Pour over macaroni and toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving.

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