How to Make Macaroni Salad Recipe

Classic Macaroni Salad

With spring here, the weather getting warmer and summer in the near future, I have been looking forward to picnics and having dinner out on our deck. I love picnic food and one thing that is essential with any good picnic or bbq is some great summer salads. Macaroni salad is an American classic and has been part of many summer bbqs.

Over the years, there have been many different versions of macaroni salad and I do enjoy making something new, modern and fresh. Sometimes though, it is good to go back to the basics.

Classic Macaroni Salad text

This macaroni salad is just that, a remembering of an old classic. Elbow macaroni is the perfect size for a salad and there are plenty of fresh cut vegetables in here to give a nice crunch.

The mayo based dressing is simple and uses ingredients you likely have in you kitchen. So, if you want to make that old time classic macaroni salad, give this one a try.

How to Make Macaroni Salad Recipe

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How to Make Macaroni Salad Recipe

Classic Macaroni Salad - easy mayo based dressing

Easy salad that is an American classic and perfect for a picnic, bbq or church potluck. Elbow noodles, mayo dressing, tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, celery, green onions and a mayo based dressing
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword celery, cucumber, elbow noodles, Green Onions, Macaroni, mayo, Tomatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Author Steve Cylka


  • 3 cups dry macaroni/elbow noodles (uncooked)
  • 1 tomato , diced
  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • 2 mini cucumbers or 1/2 English cucumber , diced
  • 3 celery stalks , diced
  • 6 scallions (green onions), diced
  • 1 1/2 cups mayo
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper


  • Cook noodles according to instructions on package. Drain and cool.
  • In a large bowl mix together the cooked noodles, tomato, pepper, cucumber, celery and scallions.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients to make the dressing. Pour the dressing on the macaroni salad and mix until evenly coated.

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. Always looking for a new take on macaroni salad. This sounds refreshing. Thanks! Mmmmmmm! Summer here I come!

  2. I love summer salads too and that is definitely something I look forward to when warm weather approaches. This macaroni salad looks delicious! I haven’t made one in a while…thanks for sharing!

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