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Macaroni Salad Recipe

This macaroni salad recipe is a family favorite. It’s easy to make and customize to your own tastes! This simple and flavorful macaroni salad is a summer classic.

Close-up of easy macaroni salad recipe.

This macaroni salad is one of my all-time favorite summer recipes! This is another family classic that made many appearances on our large, outdoor glass table during my childhood. It’s a super simple recipe but it delivers on flavor every single time!

Slicing a red bell pepper.

One of my favorite things about this salad is how easy it is to customize to your tastes. Our classic combination is always peppers, egg, olives, pickles, and some kind of onion. But you can really add whatever veggies you have. I’ve used shredded carrots before, celery, it’s all up to you.

Perfectly hard-boiled egg being held up by a woman in an apron.

This recipe does call for hard-boiled eggs, so I want to give you some awesome hard-boiled egg tips. Here is how you can make hard-boiled eggs that are EASY to peel.

How to Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs for Macaroni Salad

  • Use eggs that are at least two weeks old.
  • Place eggs in a saucepan in a single layer in cold water, covering them by about 1 inch.
  • Place pan on the stove and bring to a boil.
  • Once the water is at a rolling boil, turn it off and place the lid on. Don’t move for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, place eggs in an ice bath until cool.
  • The eggs will peel very easily and be perfectly cooked!!

Bowl full of colorful macaroni salad ingredients.

I just love all of the different colors in this salad. I use green onion in this salad because I like the mild flavor. If you don’t have green onions for the macaroni salad or want to use a different kind, I recommend grating it and then placing it in vinegar for 5 minutes before adding it to the salad. That will take off some of the harsh raw flavor.

Pouring milk into dressing for easy macaroni salad.

The next part of this recipe is the macaroni salad dressing! So easy. It’s just mayo, a little sugar, some spices, and milk. All of these can be adjusted to your taste.

Pouring dressing over the easy macaroni salad.

The macaroni salad dressing recipe will make more than you need, so don’t use it all right away. I put enough on so that the salad is nice and creamy and then save the rest. As the macaroni salad sits, it will soak up the dressing so I always add a little bit more right before serving.

This is a great make-ahead party dish – you can make it the morning before or the day before! Just save some dressing to moisten everything up right before serving.

Garnishing the easy macaroni salad with herbs.

I always like to garnish this macaroni salad with fresh herbs, but that is totally optional. I love fresh parsley and basil, they add a nice summer touch to the salad!

Plate of easy macaroni salad recipe next to a bowl of it.

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Macaroni Salad Recipe

This macaroni salad recipe is a family favorite. It's easy to make and customize to your own tastes! This simple and flavorful macaroni salad is a summer classic.

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword macaroni salad, macaroni salad recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 475 kcal
Author Alli


  • 1 pound pasta macaroni or any other short pasta will work
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper diced, any color
  • 1/3 cup olives sliced
  • 1/3 cup dill pickles diced
  • 1/3 cup scallions sliced
  • 4 hard boiled eggs diced
  • 1 cup mayonaise
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon season salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Combine pasta, peppers, olives, pickles, scallions and hard-boiled eggs in a large bowl. Set aside. 

  2. Combine mayonnaise, sugar, milk, and seasonings. Mix well. 

  3. Dress the salad with almost all of the dressing, tasting as you add and mix. Reserve 1/3-1/4 cup to serve with the salad or to add to the salad before serving (see note).

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

This recipe is perfect to make the day before you need it or the morning before. Freshen it up by adding some additional dressing or milk right before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Macaroni Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 475 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 650mg 27%
Potassium 220mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 6g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 12%
Vitamin C 15.4%
Calcium 5.2%
Iron 6.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    July 23, 2018 at 1:10 PM

    A family favorite!!

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