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The Best Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad is a classic American side dish served up at summer barbecues and picnics every year. This is the best macaroni salad recipe ever with the perfect balance of flavors.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Macaroni Salad
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 408kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound elbow noodles
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese cubed or shredded
  • ½ red onion minced
  • 4 ribs celery diced
  • 1 red bell pepper minced
  • 1 cup frozen peas thawed
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup minced fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook elbow noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water until pasta is cooled. Drain well.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss together cooked noodles with cheese, onion, celery, bell pepper, and peas.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, cider vinegar, dill, sugar, relish, dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour sauce over pasta and toss until everything is well coated. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour before serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 541mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1005IU | Vitamin C: 28.6mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 1.4mg