Traditional American Macaroni Salad

This is one of my favorite side dishes for a BBQ . . . it’s creamy, full of flavor, and easy to throw together.
Traditional American Macaroni Salad
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
The perfect side dish for your summer BBQ - traditional american macaroni salad. Creamy, easy, and delicious.
  • 2 cups dry elbow macaroni, cooked, rinsed, and drained
  • ⅓ cup diced celery
  • ¼ cup minced red onion, soaked in cold water for 5 minutes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
  • ½ cup diced vine-ripened tomato (optional)
  • ½ cup prepared mayonnaise
  • ¾ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1½ teaspoons sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a large bowl combine the macaroni, celery, onion, parsley and tomato.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, vinegar, sour cream and salt.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir to combine.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.
  5. Store covered in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.
Recipe from Food Network.
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  1. says

    Oh how I love macaroni salad. It takes me back to when my grandma would make it. Such sweet memories. Thanks for the recipe. I will have to try yours out! Sure enjoy all you guys here! Your blog is one of my favs. :)

  2. says

    I have this in the fridge right now :) I already tasted it and it is delicious, it will taste even better after a couple hours in the fridge Im sure, I wish I would have had some tomatoes to put in it, It would be great with sliced olives or some chunks of cheese too :) YUMMY thanks so much

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