Classic Macaroni Salad

Posted: April 15

Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

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Classic Macaroni Salad is the perfect side for your next outdoor cookout! A delicious mixture of pasta, crunchy celery, fresh bell pepper, creamy mayo, and tangy Dijon mustard for a delightful range of textures and flavors. It’s super simple to make ahead and enjoy later! Serve this Classic Macaroni Salad alongside any BBQ or even by itself — it’s that good!


• 1 pound elbow pasta • 2 celery ribs, minced • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped • 1/2 red onion, chopped • 1 cup mayonnaise • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon pickle juice • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard • kosher salt, to taste • ground black pepper, to taste


Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to boil.

Step 2

Cook the pasta according to the package directions.

Step 3

Drain and rinse under cold water until cooled.

Step 4

Transfer the cooked pasta to a large mixing bowl.

Step 5

Add the celery, the bell peppers, and the red onion.

Step 6

In a separate small mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, the pickle juice, the sugar, and the mustard.

Step 7

Season the mayo mixture with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 8

Add the dressing to the macaroni mixture, tossing until all the contents are evenly coated.

Step 9

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

Step 10

Serve chilled.

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