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Best Macaroni Salad Recipe

This flavorful macaroni salad is the best we’ve ever tried! So easy to make and perfect for picnics and barbecues. You’ll quickly agree, this is the best macaroni salad recipe around after just one bite.

This flavorful macaroni salad is the best we've ever tried! So easy to make and perfect for picnics and barbecues. Perfect side dish recipes for summer.

Best Macaroni Salad

Maybe the best part about this recipe is it is so quick to make.

You’ll have all the prep done in about 15 minutes, and can toss it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it while you start working on your other meal prep.

To start, just cook your macaroni following the package directions.

While your noodles are cooking, you can prep all the veggies.

easy macaroni salad

Dice up the bell peppers, carrots, green onions, and your red onions.

Drain and rinse your noodles with cool water to help bring down the temperature. When the noodles are cool, combine the noodles and veggies in a large bowl.

best macaroni salad

Combine mayo, greek yogurt, mustard, vinegar, and pepper to create the dressing. Pour it over your macaroni salad, and blend until well combined.

quick and easy macaroni salad

Then, just let this easy macaroni salad chill in the fridge for an hour, or until its time to serve.

This flavorful macaroni salad is the best we've ever tried! So easy to make and perfect for picnics and barbecues. Perfect side dish recipes for summer.

You can prepare this recipe the night before so it’s all ready to go for the barbecue or picnic.

Watch how easy this macaroni salad is to prepare in our 1-minute video! 

Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe

This flavorful macaroni salad is the best we've ever tried! So easy to make and perfect for picnics and barbecues. Perfect side dish recipes for summer.
Yield: Serves 8+

Easy & Best Macaroni Salad Recipe

Easy & Best Macaroni Salad Recipe

This flavorful macaroni salad is the best we've ever tried! So easy to make and perfect for picnics and barbecues.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked elbow macaroni pasta
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup diced carrot sticks
  • ½ cup diced green onion
  • ½ red onion, diced (optional)

Dressing:

  • ½ cup fat free mayo
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt (optional)
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook macaroni until just done, and then immediately drain and rinse until cooled. Set aside.
  2. While macaroni is cooking, dice bell pepper, carrots, green and red onions, and then toss them with macaroni in a large bowl.
  3. Make dressing by mixing together mayo, yogurt, mustard, vinegar and pepper until smooth. Pour into macaroni bowl, blend thoroughly, and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 234mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 8g

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This flavorful macaroni salad is the best we've ever tried! So easy to make and perfect for picnics and barbecues. Perfect side dish recipes for summer.

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Desiree Lopez

Wednesday 12th of July 2017

My daughter's graduation party is next weekend and I'm so glad I saw this recipe! We are making the food ourselves and this salad looks like a perfect addition to our menu. :)

Patty

Tuesday 11th of July 2017

I love that it' so colorful! Anytime you have that many colors in a meal you know it's going to be good

Cathi Crismon

Tuesday 11th of July 2017

This is such a awesome summertime recipe! And... it's making me so hungry that I seriously think I need to make it right now!

Kathleen

Tuesday 11th of July 2017

Ooh thanks for the ideas. We love macaroni salad but I've never thought of adding carrots and I've always just added mayo. I'll have to try this although I'll have to triple your recipe as I always make a LOT.

Becky

Tuesday 11th of July 2017

Can't wait to try your macaroni salad. It's one of the popular side dishes we bring to picnics and cookouts.