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Traditional American Macaroni Salad Recipe

The perfect side dish for your summer BBQ - traditional American macaroni salad. Creamy, easy, and delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ Side, Easy Pasta Recipe, Easy Side Dish, pasta salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 324kcal


  • Large Bowl
  • small bowl
  • Whisk


  • 2 cups dry elbow macaroni cooked, rinsed and drained
  • 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 dried mustard
  • teaspoons sugar
  • Tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • In a large bowl combine the macaroni, celery, onion, parsley and tomato.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, vinegar, sour cream and salt.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and stir to combine.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 326mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg