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Easy Macaroni Salad

Easy Macaroni Salad, just like you'd get from the deli at the grocery store! Wondering how to make classic Macaroni Salad? This homemade recipe is easy and versatile. Add tuna, peas, or any of your favorite add-ins.
Prep Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8


  • 1 pound elbow macaroni cooked according to package directions
  • 1 ½-2 cups mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley


  • Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions. Drain and rinse the cooked pasta under cold water until the pasta has cooled. Drain well.
  • In a large bowl combine mayo, sour cream, cider vinegar, yellow mustard, sugar, salt, and black pepper.
  • Combine the macaroni with the dressing, then stir in the finely chopped celery, diced red bell pepper, and finely chopped parsley.
  • Chill for 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!