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My Savvy Recipe ~ American Macaroni Salad

macaronisalad This is a nice size recipe for a party or honestly whenever I make this recipe because it is even better after a day or two! We eat it with hot dogs and burgers or sandwiches. This is the Mac salad you want at every barbecue or outdoor event!


4 cups dry elbow macaroni, cooked, rinsed and drained.

1/2 cup diced celery

1/3 cup minced red onion, soaked in cold water for 5 minutes and drained.

3 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley

1 cup diced red tomato (preferably Romas)

1/2 cup of diced green pepper (you can use red, orange or yellow too)

1 1/2 cups mayonnaise

2 and a 1/4 teaspoons dry mustard

4 and a half teaspoons sugar

4 and a half teaspoons apple cider vinegar

9 tablespoons sour cream

1 and a 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

freshly ground pepper


In a large bowl combine the macaroni, celery, onion, parsley and tomato. In a medium size bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, dry mustard, sugar vinegar, sour cream and salt. Pour the dressing over the salad in the larger bowl. mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Store in the fridge covered for 2 hours before serving…. and lasts 3 days in the fridge once made.

****Sometimes I will chop 3 boiled eggs to add to the salad for more of a lunch or meal BUT you can tweek it however you like! Add carrots and any other veggies you want. The secret is the dressing…. the apple cider vinegar adds a delicious zing and mixed with the sugar in the dressing it is perfect. I use Hellman’s for all recipes including mayonnaise because it just states the best to me.****


    • mcushing7

      The Apple Cider really makes this macaroni salad delicious! I was unsure the very first time I made it…. but then… I was hooked. I love Apple Cider Vinegar! It has such a zing and is delicious in this 🙂 Make sure to chill it for at least and hour…. it really brightens the flavors 🙂

  • Jerry Marquardt

    This looks so good, I am making your special recipe tomorrow. Thanks for the great and delicious instructions.

  • Christie

    I love macaroni salad, I’ve never used dry mustard before, does it taste just like mustard?

    • mcushing7

      It is really unnoticeable honestly…. and just adds that zing you need in the macaroni salad. I promise you will love it…. everyone in my family loves it and there are some picky eaters here 🙂 I sometimes add extra things….. you can really tweek the added veggies and such to your liking but make sure you add everything else…. it is delicious!

  • Alice F

    AAAhhhh…Macaroni Salad! I remember every holiday when I was a child, eating at the my grandmother’s house for holidays. Every meal on those special days, she had macaroni salad. I haven’t eaten it in 20 years or so, but I think it is time Macarconi Salad!

  • Ann

    This looks great! It might sound silly, but I often wonder where people find those perfect potluck/picnic dishes. And I think I’ve just found one! Thank you <3

  • ellen beck

    I love macaroni salad. I have always used Miracle Whip rather then mayo. I dont know if thats a regional thing, or just taste. I like making something like this for picnics. So good.

  • Judy Cox

    This makes my mouth water it is so delicious looking. I will have to make next weekend for our weekend outing.

  • Nancy Hilderbrand

    Wow that is a great sounding Macaroni salad. I make mine a little simpler but will try yours.

  • kathy downey

    This looks so delicious will be trying it next BBQ,Thanks for sharing and have a safe weekend !!

  • chloe

    I love any kind of pasta salad! It’s especially great to have during summer parties and barbecues! Thanks for posting this! 🙂

  • Alejandra Carreno

    I love macaroni salad! Always Yummier when home made-can’t wait to try your recipe 🙂

  • Deb E

    This recipe would be great for my next potluck picnic since it’s so pretty and festive looking with the veggies.

  • Amber Ludwig

    Mmm!! One of my favorites at a BBQ!! Maybe next time I’ll have to make it!!! 🙂 Sounds fabulous!

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