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This is a simple, yet delicious pasta salad that is quick and easy to make. It's the perfect summer salad to enjoy all year round.

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IngredientsServes: 6

  • 215g macaroni pasta
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 sticks celery, chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 475g creamy salad dressing
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon celery seeds

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:10min ›Extra time:1hr chilling › Ready in:1hr25min

  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add macaroni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender. Cool under a cold running tap and drain.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, onion, celery, red pepper and relish. In a small bowl, stir together the salad dressing, mustard, caster sugar, vinegar, salt and celery seeds. Pour over the vegetables and stir in macaroni until well blended. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

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Okay, I am absolutely addicted to this salad. However, I have made some changes to it. First, I prefer bow tie pasta. I think it gives it a little more visual appeal. I also dry the pasta on paper towels after I drain it. This keeps the moisture level down and allows the dressing to coat the pasta better. I use fat free Miracle Whip to keep the fat content down. I use four eggs instead of three. I find the sugar is an important ingredient however, I only use about 1/4 to 1/2 cup. I also use apple cider vinegar. I don't add the red pepper because my husband doesn't like them but they do give it a great color. We all love celery so I add extra and I also chop the leaves from the celery stalks and add those. I also like to add in a little garlic salt. It always seems to make a lot of dressing so I mix in just enough to coat the pasta and let it sit over night. I cover and fridge the remaining dressing. Then, if it looks a little dry in the morning, I add more of the dressing. This keeps it from being too liquidy.I have also added in a can of well drained tuna which gives it a great flavor and makes it more of a meal.The dressing also works great as a base for potato salad.YUM!!!-20 Apr 2006


I wish I had read other reviews before making this ( usually do and this will teach me a lesson). The 3/4 cup sugar just ruined what would have been a great recipe 1/8 to a 1/4 cup would have been fine. Also, use a whole box (16 oz.) of macaroni. Two cups isn't nearly enough for this recipe.-21 Aug 2005

by Butterfly Flutterby

What a wonderful, delicious recipe! I reduced the sugar a bit but next time will add even less. I think 1/4 or 1/3 cup will suit my families tastes. I had a hard time putting this recipe together since I found myself out of some ingredients. I subbed one cup of Marzetti's slaw dressing and one cup of Mayo for the Miracle Whip. I also chopped one small dill pickle and added a little pickle juice for the relish. Didn't have celery seed so that was left out. With summer coming up I can see myself making this many times over! Thank you for the post. By the way, for the poster that mentioned the restaurant, Das Dutch Haus in Ohio: I used to live in Pittsburgh and a highlight for us moms was to drive over to shop and eat at Das Dutch Haus. Ah, the memories. I loved the food there! :-) *Update* Made this again and used the salad dressing. Used celery salt instead of salt and celery seed. This is just so yummy! Made again and sprinkled with paprika and black pepper. Outstanding! For those of you that think that this is a little soupy, place in the fridge overnight and the noodles soak up some of the liquid. It is perfect the day after preparing!-17 Apr 2005

Tangy and Creamy Macaroni Salad Recipe

If you want nothing more than heavy, mayo-laden pasta, the ubiquitous deli macaroni salad is for you. This recipe, however, takes the standard and gives it a depth and tang that makes it stand out in a crowd.

Why this recipe works:

  • Boiling the pasta until very tender allows it to absorb the vinegar and dressing better it firms up once cold so won't taste overcooked.
  • Sour cream, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, and hot sauce give this dressing more depth than the standard macaroni salad.
  • Celery, shallots, and scallions give a crunchy texture.

How to Make the Best Creamy Macaroni Salad

I start by simply making my elbow macaroni according to the package instructions. Once it’s done, I drain it and immediately run it under cold water. I know! There’s a lot of debate about this. But, I do it because it serves two purposes. It rinses off the extra starch and it stops the cooking process.

Next I transfer my macaroni to a salad bowl and I get to dicing my add-ins. Once cubed, diced, or chopped, I stir in the cheddar cheese, celery, cabbage, bell peppers, and green onions.

I don’t mean to brag, but my macaroni salad is the creamiest around. The secret is in the dressing. To make it, I simply mix mayonnaise, yogurt, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic powder, salt, and pepper into a bowl and whisk to combine. Before serving, I always taste test the dressing and adjust accordingly.

The final step is to pour the dressing over your salad and toss until everything is combined.

Then, I like to cover the salad with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 30 minutes or up to 1 hour. This really allows for all of the flavors to mix and for it to come to a nice temperature.

Give it another nice big stir before serving.

Creamy Macaroni Salad

Make birthdays more special and whip up a delicious bowl of macaroni salad with Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise!

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  • 220 ml Lady's Choice mayonnaise
  • 200 grams uncooked salad macaroni
  • 2 tbsps sugar
  • 2 tbsps pineapple juice (from canned pineapple)
  • 2 tbsps pickle relish
  • 1 tbsp white onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup celery stalks, small cubes
  • 1/4 cup carrots, small cubes
  • 1/2 cup cooked ham, small cubes
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, diced
  • 1/2 cup pineapple tidbits, drained well reserve juice
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • fine salt and ground white pepper to taste

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Rinse under running water and drain well. Set aside.

Combine Lady’s Choice Mayonnaise, sugar, pineapple juice, pickle relish, white onions, celery and carrots in a bowl. Mix well until sugar has dissolved.

Add in cooked macaroni, ham, cheese, pineapple tidbits and raisins. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Chill before serving.

Creamy Macaroni Salad

"Creamy Macaroni Salad Recipe is an easy summer pasta salad that makes a scrumptious side for all of your grilling and barbecue recipes. It can be prepared in advance and chilled or served as soon as you mix it. This salad is so easy that you can whip it up and have it on the table in about twenty minutes. This Creamy Macaroni Salad Recipe is a real crowd-pleaser. It is perfect for your next patio party but simple enough for a week night dinner with grilled steak and corn. With all the wonderful vegetables the presentation is phenomenal. My late mother in law made a wonderful macaroni salad. She would put small bits of cubed cheese and sweet pickle relish in it. This one is creamier with just a hint of sweetness and plenty of fresh beautiful vegetables!"

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The Best Macaroni Salad Ever

Pile it into a bowl and serve it at your next barbecue or picnic!

I love macaroni salad, but I'm very picky about it! Here's the way I like it.

red wine or distilled vinegar

sugar, more or less to taste

Splash of pickle juice, more to taste

whole roasted red peppers, more to taste (can also use pimentos)

black olives, finely chopped

sweet/spicy pickle slices, diced (about 1/2 cup diced)

green onions, sliced (white and dark green parts)

  1. Cook the macaroni in lightly salted water according to the package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Set aside.
  2. Mix together the mayo, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Splash in enough milk to make it pourable. Splash in pickle juice for extra flavor. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Set aside.
  3. Place the cooled macaroni in a large bowl and pour in 3/4 of the dressing. Toss and add more dressing if you'd like. (The dressing will seem a little thin, but it will thicken up as the salad chills.)
  4. Stir in the roasted red peppers (or pimentos), olives, pickles, and green onions. Add more of any ingredient if you'd like more stuff going on! At the end, splash in a little more pickle juice and stir.
  5. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Sprinkle with sliced green onions to serve!

I love, love, love, adore, and love macaroni salad. I&rsquom also picky, picky, picky, particular, and picky about macaroni salad. No joke. Macaroni salad is a religion to me.

I have issues, is what I&rsquom saying.

Here&rsquos what I don&rsquot like: Macaroni salad that&rsquos gloopy.
Here&rsquos what I do like: Macaroni salad that&rsquos creamy but still light.
Here&rsquos what I don&rsquot like: Macaroni salad that&rsquos overly vinegary.
Here&rsquos what I do like: Macaroni salad with a sweet/tangy/spicy kick.
Here&rsquos what I don&rsquot like: Macaroni salad that&rsquos mostly macaroni.
Here&rsquos what I do like: Macaroni salad with a confetti of wonderfulness coloring the whole mix with flavor, spice, and texture.
Here&rsquos what I don&rsquot like: Tea.
Here&rsquos what I do like: Diet Dr Pepper.

There are lots of options when it comes to making pasta salad. We’ve already shared a few with you including our Quick and Easy Pasta Salad, this Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumbers, and for a gluten-free salad, this Mediterranean Zucchini Noodles Salad.

When it comes to making a cold, creamy pasta salad, keep these tips in mind:

  • Don’t overcook the pasta. Use the package directions of the pasta you choose as a guide, but a minute or two before it should be done, test it. If done, drain the pasta and move onto our next tip.
  • Rinse the cooked pasta under cold water before tossing with the salad dressing. If you’ve ever made pasta salad that turned sticky, not rinsing the pasta before tossing with the dressing could be the reason. The cooked pasta is coated in starches. By removing the starches, the salad won’t turn sticky or clump as much.
  • Choose lots of colorful veggies and textures to add to the salad. It’s just better this way.
  • Use a bright and flavorful salad dressing. Since the base of our dressing is creamy, we love brightening it up with some acid from vinegar and mustard. If you love sweeter salads, you can add a bit of honey, as well.

How to Make Creamy Pasta Salad Dressing

For creamy macaroni salad, we love using a slightly adapted version of our potato salad dressing (it gets rave reviews). Instead of just using mayonnaise, which can make the pasta heavy, we combine mayonnaise with sour cream.

Since the sour cream has a bit of tanginess, it lifts the flavors of the dressing, just as fresh lemon juice would to other dishes.

In addition to the mayonnaise and sour cream, we use these ingredients:

  • Yellow mustard adds a bit of color and rounds out the flavor of the dressing nicely. We usually use Dijon mustard in our recipes, but just like when making our potato salad, we prefer regular yellow mustard for the best pasta salad.
  • Apple cider vinegar adds even more flavor to the dressing. Just a tablespoon will do it. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, most kinds of vinegar will do, especially white or red wine vinegar.
  • Salt and pepper are a must when it comes to making the dressing. There’s a lot of pasta and vegetables going into the bowl. Nobody wants an unseasoned salad, right? We start with a 1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt and go from there based on taste.
  • Honey is an optional ingredient. We typically stay away from sweeter pasta salads, but if that’s what you love, add a tablespoon or so of honey to the dressing, and you’ll be a happy camper!

What Goes into a Creamy Pasta Salad?

What you add to your macaroni salad is up to you, but think about checking these boxes:

  • When choosing the pasta shape, choose something that will hold onto the dressing. Shapes that have nooks and crannies like elbow macaroni, small shells or even spiral shapes work nicely.
  • Add some color and texture with a variety of vegetables. We always end up adding onion and prefer red onion for the pop of color. In addition to the onion, we love celery, bell pepper, and radish. For more veggie suggestions, check below where we share possible variations to the salad.
  • For a little extra brininess, we love adding chopped dill pickle. You could leave this out or swap with a sweeter option like bread and butter pickles or for something different, go for spicy!

Possible Variations

This pasta salad has lots of possible variations. Here are a three of our favorites:

Recipe: Perfect Macaroni Salad, Creamy

Macaroni Salad, Creamy. A pretty macaroni salad has a seasoned creamy sauce made from sour cream, mayonnaise, and evaporated milk. This is my own macaroni salad. I did not get it from my mother or my grandmother and I did not get it out of a book or off the internet.

Our Macaroni Salad recipe is quick and simple to prepare. A versatile and fool-proof pasta salad with an incredible creamy dressing!. A great summer recipe, our Macaroni Salad recipe is perfect to take to gatherings or parties, Bbq's, lunches or dinners, or simply to serve as a side dish. You can cook Macaroni Salad, Creamy using 12 ingredients and 6 steps. Here is how you achieve it.

Ingredients of Macaroni Salad, Creamy

  1. You need 1 teaspoon of salt.
  2. It’s 3/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.
  3. Prepare 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder.
  4. It’s 1/4 teaspoon of white pepper.
  5. You need 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
  6. It’s 3 Cups of elbow macaroni.
  7. You need 1 of and 1/2 Cup mayonnaise.
  8. It’s 1/2 Cup of sour cream.
  9. You need 5 of ozs. evaporated canned milk.
  10. It’s 1/2 cup of finely chopped onion.
  11. Prepare 1/2 cup of finely chopped celery.
  12. You need 1/2 cup of finely chopped carrots.

Creamy Macaroni Salad is a simple macaroni salad recipe. This recipe for macaroni salad is the best macaroni salad. Even the pickiest of eaters will love this creamy pasta salad. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions.

Macaroni Salad, Creamy step by step

  1. Cook macaroni according to directions, rinse, and cool..
  2. Set spices in small bowl to the side to add later..
  3. Add onions, carrots, and celery to macaroni first and lightly stir..
  4. Next add mayonnaise and sour cream. Stir in..
  5. Add spices and stir in..
  6. Add milk last. Stir and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve..

Creamy Macaroni Salad Recipe is an easy summer pasta salad that makes a scrumptious side for all of your grilling and barbecue recipes. It can be prepared in advance and chilled or served as soon as you mix it. This salad is so easy that you can whip it up and have it on the table in about twenty minutes. The first pasta salad that came to mind was this Creamy Macaroni Salad. I mean seriously, who doesn't like a nice homemade macaroni salad?!

This macaroni salad is super easy to make. So you can be the hit of any potluck without too much effort.

It also tastes good and satisfies your hunger in a very pleasant way.

My husband grew up on it, so his mother encouraged me to take her recipe and make it my own.

Basically, creamy macaroni salad is delicious proof that macaroni is good, even without cheese.

In other words, you can mix it with something different to get a dish everyone loves.

This salad is always popular at potluck dinners. It&rsquos certainly one of the first salads to disappear off the salad table.

I think people like it because it complements so many other foods and doesn&rsquot overpower them.

Ingredients in Creamy Macaroni Salad

In order to make this salad, you only need a few ingredients. I&rsquom showing the steps here with the ingredients in directions.

If you only want the recipe, please scroll to the bottom of this post where I have a printable recipe card for your convenience.

  • 2 cups of cooked elbow macaroni (regular or gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped celery
  • 4 tablespoons of sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste (or seasoned salt)

You can use other forms of pasta if that&rsquos what you have on hand.

Another ingredient you can include is chopped, hard or soft-boiled eggs. One of my daughters didn&rsquot like it with eggs, so I got in the habit of leaving them out.

My mother-in-law used to add a tablespoon of honey for extra sweetness, but I prefer it without.

How to Make This Delicious Side Dish

This is extremely easy to make. Start out by cooking the pasta according to the directions on the package.

As I mentioned earlier, I like it done but firm, or al dente. After it&rsquos cooked, rinse in cold water, drain it, and put it in a mixing bowl.

Add the chopped celery and sweet pickle relish.

If you prefer dill pickle relish, that&rsquos fine too. I believe in switching things up to suit personal taste.

Scoop some mayonnaise and mustard into it. You can use the standard yellow mustard, Dijon, or other special flavored mustard.

If you want to add anything else, this is the time to do it. Mix it well.

Now it&rsquos ready to serve. I like to add edible garnish like lettuce or beets to make it more visually appealing and appetizing.

Regular or Gluten-Free Pasta

My body doesn&rsquot tolerate gluten, so I have to make this dish with gluten-free pasta.

Eight years ago, it was difficult to find one that tasted good, but manufacturers have improved the process.

In fact, when I make anything with pasta, my husband can&rsquot tell the difference.

I used to have to make separate dishes, which was such a pain. Life is so much easier now.

I&rsquom delighted that this dish can be made however you need or want&mdasheither regular or gluten-free.

They key is to avoid overcooking any pasta&ndashespecially when it&rsquos gluten-free&ndashor it winds up mushy. Basically, just keep an eye on it and take it off the burner as soon as it&rsquos done.

Benefits of Pasta

There are so many wonderful things to love about pasta. First of all, it&rsquos delicious and goes with so many different dishes.

You can serve it with Italian food, Greek cuisine, or anything else you want.

Secondly, pasta is filling, so you can make a meal budget stretch when you have a lot of hungry mouths to feed.

For this reason, it&rsquos perfect for a large dinner, potluck, or picnic.

Another thing I like about pasta is that it takes on the flavor of whatever sauce it&rsquos in. In other words, it doesn&rsquot clash with anything.

Although pasta is a starch, it has a low glycemic index.

Therefore, it&rsquos good for dieters, unless you&rsquore on a super low-carb program. Even then, you may be able to eat small quantities of pasta.

Pasta is very low in sodium. For this reason, it&rsquos good for people suffering from heart disease or hypertension.

Finally, it provides energy. Weight lifters, runners, and other athletes often load up on pasta because it keeps them from crashing while they work out.

Other delicious pasta dishes you&rsquoll enjoy are this shrimp fettucine and ground beef stroganoff. Both of these can be made with regular or gluten-free pasta.

There are other things you can put in this salad for more flavor or color. For example, you can add cayenne, Worcestershire, mushrooms, olives, or eggs. You can even add meat if you want more protein.

If you&rsquod like to sample the different additions, do it in small batches.

Scoop a little bit into smaller bowls and add whatever you think might be good. That way, you won&rsquot waste the whole batch.

What to Serve with Creamy Macaroni Salad

There are so many different things you can serve this pasta with. I like it with any type of barbecue. It&rsquos also delicious with these tangy sesame ginger ribs.

A macaroni salad is good with any chicken dish, including this everything-bagel seasoned chicken.

When I go on a picnic, I enjoy having it with a rotisserie chicken from Costco or Publix. Or if you prefer, have it as a side with traditional southern fried chicken.

You can also have a salad buffet&mdashsome of the salads for sandwiches and others to eat on the side of other dishes.

One good salad that can be eaten either way is this chicken salad. Whether you serve it on a bed of lettuce and eat it with a fork or between two slices of bread, it&rsquos absolutely delicious.

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We also enjoy these oven-fried chicken strips. They&rsquore gluten free and just as good as traditional fried chicken &hellip maybe even better.

One of our favorite sides now is this creamed spinach. It&rsquos easy to make and absolutely delicious!

If you like smoothies, you&rsquoll love this banana berry smoothie. It&rsquos creamy, delicious, and nutritious!

Use a healthy substitute for mayo. My favorite healthy substitute for mayo in this creamy pasta salad (or any recipe) is Greek yogurt. I especially love nonfat Greek yogurt because it reduces the saturated fat (found in mayo) and adds protein. I find that 75% yogurt and 25% mayo ratio is my sweet spot for a deliciously creamy pasta salad dressing.

Use natural sugar and less of it. Cane sugar is a common ingredient in pasta salad recipes. I like to use honey or maple syrup in its place, and much less than what I typically see in a classic pasta salad dressing recipe. Also, the natural sugar in Greek yogurt helps sweeten the pasta salad dressing.

Use whole wheat pasta. Although I didn't for this recipe, you can sub whole wheat pasta for semolina pasta anytime. I think of it as replacing empty calories with smarter calories that deliver fiber and nutrients.

Watch the video: Μακαρονοσαλάτα εύκολη και πεντανόστιμη - delicious pasta salad. Greek Cooking by Katerina (July 2022).


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