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Macaroni Salad is quick to throw together and so DELICIOUS! A versatile, fool-proof pasta salad recipe with a full-flavored creamy dressing.
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5 from 3 votes

Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad is quick to throw together and so DELICIOUS! A versatile, fool-proof pasta salad with an incredible creamy dressing perfect to take to gatherings, Bbq's, lunches and dinners. Or serve as a popular side dish!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 - 8 people
Calories: 403kcal
Author: Karina

Ingredients

SALAD

  • 8 oz (250g) dry macaroni pasta
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper (capsicum), seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely diced
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 2 dill pickles, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery

DRESSING

  • 1 cup mayonnaise, (S&W, Best Foods, Hellmann's, Japanese or any whole egg mayo)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar, (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Bring large pot of salted water to the boil over high heat. Add the pasta and boil until al dente (just fork-tender), or follow packet directions.
  • While pasta is boiling, prepare/chop SALAD ingredients and add them to a large serving bowl.
  • Mix DRESSING ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Once pasta is cooked, drain and rinse under cool running water. Drain well and add to the rest of the SALAD ingredients in the large serving bowl.
  • Pour over DRESSING and toss well to evenly combine. Adjust salt, pepper and vinegar to taste.
  • Set aside for at least 15 minutes to let the ingredients warm close to room temperature and settle into each other before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g