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

The perfect side dish for your summer BBQ - traditional american macaroni salad. Creamy, easy, and delicious.

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  • 2 cups dry elbow macaroni, cooked, rinsed, and drained
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion, soaked in cold water for 5 minutes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup diced vine-ripened tomato (optional)
  • 1/2 cup prepared mayonnaise
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 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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14 Responses to “Traditional American Macaroni Salad”

  1. 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
  2. Jennifer Losgar
    I have been missing macaroni salad since my husband and I have been eating better and then I stumbled upon your recipe. I am able to make it with whole wheat rotini noodles with rave reviews from my family. I already have my second batch in the fridge waiting for turkey burgers tomorrow night for dinner!

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