Pasta, Salads, Sides

Classic Macaroni Salad

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Nothing says summertime eating like a serving of the best, classic, old-fashioned, creamy macaroni salad with crisp vegetables dressed in a simple and creamy mayonnaise dressing for any picnic, potluck, or barbecue.

Classic macaroni salad has always been my favorite. This recipe is simple and easy to make, really tasty, and can feed a crowd. Macaroni salad pairs well with hamburgers, grilled chicken, and pulled pork sandwiches. This is a recipe you will not want to lose!

Should I rinse pasta after cooking?

Yes! Rinse your pasta in cold water after it is done cooking and drain it really well. Rinsing the pasta in cold water stops the cooking time and removes some of the starches created from cooking.

How do I keep pasta from sticking together?

To help keep the macaroni from soaking up all of that delicious creamy dressing as it sits in the refrigerator or on the table, toss your pasta in a little olive oil. This also helps to keep the pasta from clumping together, which is especially useful if you make it ahead of time.

Directions

  • Cook elbow macaroni according to package instructions. Make sure to salt your water for added flavor.
  • Once pasta is al dente, drain water and rinse pasta in cold water. Allow noodles to drain thoroughly. Toss pasta in olive oil.
  • Combine mayo, sugar, white vinegar, sweet relish, mustard, salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl and whisk together.
  • Chop onion, red bell pepper, and celery. Add noodles, and veggies to a large bowl.
  • Pour the mayo mixture over everything and gently toss until well coated. Sprinkle paprika on salad. Store in airtight container in fridge for at least an hour before serving.

Classic Macaroni Salad

Recipe by AprilCourse: Side, PastaCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Total time

30

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni

  • 1 cup mayonaise

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

  • 1 Tbsp. sugar

  • 2 Tbsp. mustard

  • 2 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish

  • 1/2 cup red onion

  • 1 cup red bell pepper

  • 1 cup celery

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Directions

  • Cook elbow macaroni according to package instructions. Make sure to salt your water for added flavor.
  • Once pasta is al dente, drain water and rinse pasta in cold water. Allow noodles to drain thoroughly. Toss pasta in olive oil.
  • Combine mayo, sugar, white vinegar, sweet relish, mustard, salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl and whisk together.
  • Chop onion, red bell pepper, and celery. Add noodles, and veggies to a large bowl.
  • Pour the mayo mixture over everything and gently toss until well coated. Sprinkle paprika on salad. Store in airtight container in fridge for at least an hour before serving.
  • Enjoy!

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