Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad is a staple down south, and this classic recipe is the best you’ll find for your next picnic or cookout!


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes



  • 16 oz. elbow macaroni cooked
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese cubed
  • 1 cup cocktail tomatoes sliced
  • ½ cup cucumber diced
  • ½ cup green onion diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar


    • ¼ tsp. garlic salt
    • ¼ tsp. onion powder
    • ¼ tsp. ground mustard
    • ¼ tsp. celery seed
    • ¼ tsp. dried parsley
    • salt and pepper to taste


      • Bring 2 quarts of salted water to a boil in a large pot.
      • Add macaroni and cook 10 minutes.
      • Drain and cool down by rinsing with cold water.
      • In a separate bowl, mix celery, cheese, tomatoes, onion, mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar together.
      • Add seasonings and mix well.
      • Place macaroni in a large serving dish and pour dressing over top. Mix well.
      • Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
      • When ready to serve, add a tablespoon of mayonnaise to the salad to loosen it up. Add salt and pepper to taste.


        • Serve Southern Macaroni Salad over lettuce as a main dish, or as a side for barbecue, burgers or hot dogs.
        • Only boil macaroni for 10 minutes. Cooking longer will cause it to be mushy.
        • Adding extra mayonnaise just before serving will loosen up the salad that has absorbed most of the dressing.


        Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg

        Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate

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