This Easy Macaroni Salad recipe is a favorite of mine for barbeques and summer gatherings. I first made macaroni salad in the 10th grade in my home economics class in high school. Since then I have changed up the ingredients a bit to make it more to my taste.
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Why This Recipe
This is my best macaroni salad because it is how I prefer it, without pickles and with olives and only a hint of mustard. The result is a cool, creamy macaroni salad that goes so well with barbecued foods.
This is a creamy and delicious macaroni salad like you get at the Hawaiian Barbecue restaruants. It is surprisingly easy to make and it is always a hit at barbecues and picnics.
I like to use different colors of peppers for a more colorful salad.
You the colors better in person, but if you look close, you can see some of the colors coming through. This is one of the best creamy macaroni salad recipes I have made. It is often a favorite at gatherings and is so easy to make. You can also make this the day before and I think that it helps the flavors blend well.
If you like a little more bold flavor like my husband does, I make another version of a cold macaroni salad that has more mustard and apple cider vinegar in it.
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Ingredients for Macaroni Salad
Macaroni Pasta – I use elbow macaroni for this salad, but you can use bowtie or the salad-sized pasta.
Mayonnaise – Use your favorite or generic brand
Onion – I used white onion, but you can use yellow or purple.
Bell Pepper – any color will do and you can even use mini-peppers
Carrot – Use one large carrot for this recipe
Olives – These are optional as not everyone loves olives. I use black pitted olives.
Vinegar – I used white vinegar for this recipe.
Spices – Mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper will help this creamy macaroni salad recipe pop.
Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe
Easy & Creamy Macaroni Salad
- 4 cups macaroni uncooked
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup onion chopped
- 2/3 cup celery chopped
- 2/3 cup bell peppers chopped (I like to use green and red or green and orange for color)
- 1 carrot grated
- 1 tablespoon chopped olives
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Cook macaroni per package directions. Rinse with cold water and thoroughly drain.
- In a bowl, mix together mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper. Blend in onion, celery, epeppers, carrot and olives. Add cooked and drained pasta.
- Chill at least 2 hours.
- Make this salad dressing the night before.
- You can boil the pasta ahead of time so it is ready when you are.
- You can actually make this entire salad the day before.
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Easy Mediterranean Salad – Another perfectly colorful salad that brightens any table.
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