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Macaroni Salad Served in a large floral designed bowl.

Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad is a classic recipe perfect for holidays, BBQs, and potlucks. AND…this recipe will not disappoint. Unless you love celery in your Macaroni Salad, that is. If that’s the case, add some to the recipe.

Macaroni Salad Recipe

Ingredients

Pasta: Elbow Macaroni is all you’ll need for this recipe. Pretty simple.

Vegetables: For this Macaroni Salad, I used Red Bell Pepper, Shredded Carrots, Frozen Peas, and Red Onion. I know; I didn’t use celery. That’s because I’m not too fond of raw celery. But if that’s your thing, pop some of it in there! After all, this is YOUR recipe now!

Relish: I just went with some regular store-bought sweet relish, and it works perfectly.

Cheese: Freshly shredded cheddar cheese is the way to go. I highly recommend shredding your own. It has a better flavor and texture, for sure.

Macaroni Salad Dressing: Grab some mayonnaise, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, granulated sugar, dijon mustard, Kosher Salt, Ground Black Pepper, and Garlic Powder. This mixture is perfectly sweet and vinegary. YUM!

Directions

Macaroni Salad Served in a large decorative serving bowl with a wooden spoon.

Begin by boiling the macaroni per the package instructions.

While the pasta is boiling, combine the diced bell pepper, onions, shredded carrots, and frozen peas in a large glass mixing bowl. Give the veggies a good stir to get them all mixed.

In a separate mixing bowl, combine all the other ingredients and whisk them together until thoroughly combined.

Once the pasta is done boiling, strain the noodles and run them under cold water to stop the cooking process.

As soon as the pasta has cooled, add them to the veggie mixture and gently stir to mix them with the vegetables.

Lastly, pour the macaroni salad dressing over the noodles and veggies. Again, stir gently until the dressing combines with the other ingredients thoroughly.

Cover the bowl and refrigerate the macaroni salad for at least an hour before serving. This will give the flavors some time to meld and make the salad nice and cold.

In Conclusion

Macaroni Salad may be one of the easiest recipes, but it’s also one of the best. Everyone likes it, making a perfect dish for BBQs, Thanksgiving, Potlucks, or just as a side to have throughout the week.

Tell me your thoughts on celery in Macaroni Salad. Do you think it’s a must or not so much?

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Macaroni Salad

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Recipe by Chicken Fried Kitchen Course: SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

300

kcal
Total time

0

minutes

An easy Macaroni Salad recipe that’s creamy, sweet, and perfectly tangy. A true classic at any BBQ, Potluck, or Thanksgiving celebration.

Ingredients

  • 1 Lb 1 Macaroni Noodles

  • 1 1 Red Bell Pepper – diced

  • 1 1 Red Onion – diced

  • 1 Cup 1 Shredded Carrots

  • 1 Cup 1 Frozen Peas – thawed

  • 1 Cup 1 Freshly Shredded Cheddar Cheese

  • Macaroni Salad Dressing
  • 2 Cups 2 Mayonnaise

  • 1/2 Cup 1/2 Sour Cream

  • 2 Tbsp. 2 Dijon Mustard

  • 1/4 Cup 1/4 Sweet Relish

  • 2 Tbsp. 2 Granulated Sugar

  • 1/2 tsp. 1/2 Kosher Salt

  • 1/2 tsp. 1/2 Ground Black Pepper

  • 1/2 tsp. 1/2 Garlic Powder

  • 1/4 Cup 1/4 Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions

  • Begin by boiling the macaroni per the package instructions.
  • While the pasta is boiling, combine the diced bell pepper, red onions, shredded carrots, and frozen peas in a large glass mixing bowl. Stir to mix them together.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine all of the other ingredients and whisk to combine thoroughly.
  • Strain the noodles and run them under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  • As soon as the pasta has cooled, add them to the veggie mixture and gently stir to mix.
  • Pour the macaroni salad dressing over the noodles and veggies, stirring to be sure everything is evenly mixed.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

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