Classic Macaroni Salad

This Classic Macaroni Salad is a creamy, mayonnaise based salad with celery, onion, and a touch of vinegar. It’s the perfect side dish for barbecues, potlucks, and picnics!


  • 1 (225g) package elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine macaroni, celery, onion, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Potential changes & improvements

There are many potential changes and improvements that can be made to this Classic Macaroni Salad. For example, you could add in some chopped hard-boiled eggs, diced ham, or crumbled bacon. You could also use a different type of pasta, such as shells or rotini. If you want a bit more of a Kick, you could add in some dijon mustard or hot sauce to the dressing. And finally, if you want to lighten things up, you could use a light mayonnaise or Miracle Whip.

What other food it works well with?

This Classic Macaroni Salad is the perfect side dish for burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, or pulled pork. It would also be great as a potluck dish or picnic dish. And, of course, it’s always a hit at barbecues!

Common Mistakes

One common mistake when making Macaroni Salad is not to rinse the pasta with cold water after cooking it. This step is important because it stops the cooking process and prevents the pasta from becoming mushy. Another common mistake is to use too much mayonnaise. Be sure to use just enough to coat the pasta and vegetables. Otherwise, the salad will be too heavy and creamy.

Nutritional Information

This Classic Macaroni Salad is high in calories and fat because of the mayonnaise. It is also high in sodium. If you are watching your fat or sodium intake, you may want to enjoy this salad in moderation.


This Classic Macaroni Salad contains eggs, milk, and soy. If you have any allergies, please check the ingredients list before making this salad.

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