Macaroni Salad Recipe

macaroni salad recipe
macaroni salad recipe

This classic macaroni salad recipe is not only delicious but also incredibly easy to make. With staple ingredients like celery, red pepper, and onion, combined with a simple creamy mayo-based dressing, this salad is sure to be a hit at any cookout or potluck. Even if the weather is less than ideal, this dish can bring a taste of summertime sunshine to your table.

A heaping bowl of homemade macaroni salad

What Ingredients are in Macaroni Salad?

The ingredients in macaroni salad can vary, but this recipe calls for:

  • Elbow macaroni
  • Sweet pickles
  • Red pepper
  • Celery
  • Red onion
  • Hard-boiled eggs or shredded/diced cheddar cheese
  • Homemade mayo-based macaroni salad dressing

Feel free to add your favorite additional ingredients or make substitutions. However, I highly recommend trying this combination at least once. The dressing is what sets this salad apart, providing just the right amount of creaminess and a touch of sweetness from sweet pickle juice and a pinch of sugar.

Macaroni salad ingredients

How long can you keep Macaroni Salad?

Macaroni salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. It’s a great make-ahead salad, perfect for picnics and potlucks. However, avoid leaving it out at room temperature for too long, especially in hot weather, as the dressing base may not keep well in heat.

Macaroni salad with mayo-based dressing

This macaroni salad pairs wonderfully with BBQ pulled chicken and deviled eggs. If you have any tips for cleanly peeling fresh eggs, please share them in the comments. Let’s keep the conversation going!

How Do You Make Homemade Macaroni Salad?

Check out this easy-to-follow video that demonstrates step-by-step how to make this delicious macaroni salad:

Macaroni Salad Recipe Video

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Macaroni Salad in a serving dish


Q: Can I add additional ingredients to the macaroni salad?

A: Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with additional add-ins or substitutions to customize the salad to your taste. You can try sliced green onions instead of red onion or add paprika to the dressing for an extra kick.

Q: Can I make macaroni salad in advance?

A: Yes, macaroni salad is a great make-ahead dish. I recommend chilling it for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld together. However, remember to store it in the refrigerator and avoid leaving it out at room temperature for too long, especially in warm weather.

By following this simple and delicious macaroni salad recipe, you can enjoy a crowd-pleasing dish that embodies the spirit of Takeout Food’s dedication to culinary excellence, creativity, and enjoyment. For more culinary inspiration and delightful recipes, visit the official website at Takeout Food.

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