Go Back
bowl of creamy cheddar pasta salad
Print Recipe
4.17 from 6 votes

Creamy Cheddar Pasta Salad

Creamy Cheddar Pasta Salad with a simple dressing is a fantastic side dish for a summer BBQ! It's versatile too - add in broccoli or any other veggies that you'd like!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Keyword: macaroni salad, summer


  • 1 pound rotini or pasta of choice
  • 1 red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 3 ribs celery finely chopped
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • fresh chopped broccoli optional


  • Cook rotini according to package directions, then drain and rinse under cold water until the pasta has cooled. Drain well.
  • In a large bowl combine mayo, sugar, apple cider vinegar, black pepper, and dried parsley.
  • Combine the cooled pasta with the dressing and stir in the chopped red bell pepper, celery, finely chopped onion, and chunks of cheese.
  • Chill for one hour before serving. Enjoy!