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Classic Macaroni Salad in a glass bowl on a wood board garnished with parsley.
Classic Macaroni Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

You'll love this easy recipe for creamy, classic macaroni salad. The perfect addition to your backyard bbq!

Course: Side Dish, Side Dish/Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: macaroni salad, pasta salad
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 445 kcal
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni, cooked according to pkg directions and cooled to room temp (1 box)
  • 2 cups celery, chopped (about 4 stalks)
  • 4 green onion, chopped (white and pale green parts only)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/2 cup dill pickles, chopped small
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup stone ground mustard (or your favorite mustard)
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed (optional)
  1. Combine the cooked and cooled macaroni, celery, green onion, parsley, and chopped pickles in a large bowl.

  2. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and celery seed (if using).

  3. Combine the macaroni mixture and mayo mixture and mix well. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes
  • I love elbow macaroni for purely nostalgic reasons, but you can use mini shells, farfalle, orecchiette or your favorite pasta to mix it up.
  • Cook your pasta al dente so it doesn't turn too mushy after you combine it with the mayo dressing.
  • Be sure to cool the macaroni to room temperature before combining with the mayo dressing so it doesn't break down or curdle.
  • Feel free to play around with your favorite additions to this macaroni salad. Try crispy bacon, chopped hardboiled eggs, diced ham, or shredded cheese. 
Nutrition Facts
Classic Macaroni Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 445 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 673mg29%
Potassium 274mg8%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 615IU12%
Vitamin C 7.2mg9%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.