This is the salad my Mom has always made for us. It is zippy yet almost sweet. It is not the traditional creamy style but is made with a vinaigrette instead. It never hangs around very long at our place!

Rina

Recipe Summary

Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water

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  • In a small bowl mix sugar, parsley, vinegar, salt, oil, dried mustard, garlic powder, and black pepper.

  • Combine onions, tomato and cucumber with macaroni. Pour dressing over noodles. Chill and serve.

Nutrition Facts

252 calories; protein 5.5g 11% DV; carbohydrates 44.8g 14% DV; fat 6.1g 9% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 202.6mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (33)

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Rating: 4 stars
07/10/2005
This salad was a hit both times I made it. The second time I made some chages that I think made it better: I used a pint of grape tomatoes cut in half, 1 red onion, and a green pepper. It gave it a little more color and texture. I also used bow-ties, which made it a little easier to handle, the macaroni is hard when you don't have anything to hold it together, and doubled the ground mustard for extra flavor. Very refreshing and perfect for a summer party! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/14/2011
too acidic Read More
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42 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
07/10/2005
This salad was a hit both times I made it. The second time I made some chages that I think made it better: I used a pint of grape tomatoes cut in half, 1 red onion, and a green pepper. It gave it a little more color and texture. I also used bow-ties, which made it a little easier to handle, the macaroni is hard when you don't have anything to hold it together, and doubled the ground mustard for extra flavor. Very refreshing and perfect for a summer party! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2003
I have served this salad many times and always get asked for the recipe. It's a wonderful salad. The only thing I do different is that I substitute Tri Colored Rotini for the macaroni and if making a 1 # box of Rotini I triple the marinade portion while adding appropriate vegetables for the size I am doing. It's worth trying. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/15/2003
This was a nice change from the mayo type macaroni salad. I had something similar to it in a restaurant and it was very tasty. I've made it a couple of times and will keep the recipe to make it again. I've also used the vinegarette dressing ingredients by themselves in some other dishes that are variations on the macaroni salad when I didn't have all the exact ingredients for this dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2008
I really really liked this salad. I usually like a creamy salad but couldn't find a recipe I liked so I settled with this one and was really satisfied with it!! I don't like sweet salads and reading some of the comments beforehand decided to use just 1/3 cup of sugar instead of 1/2. I also used a whole english cucumber instead of the 4 the recipe called for an entire bunch of green onion instead of 2 regular onions and added about a half of a green pepper as well. It's just delicious and I will definitely definitely make it again.............soon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2011
Wow!! I really like this salad. It is lighter and more flavorful than the mayo versions. After reading what some of the other reviews were I cut the sugar to a half a cup. I also used celery onions green pepper and canned diced tomatoes. I will definitely make this again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2006
I MADE MACARONI SALAD FOR MY HUSBAND'S 30TH B-DAY IN OCTOBER AND NOW EVERY PARTY I GO TO SOMEONE ASKS ME TO BRING THE MACARONI SALAD. IT IS A GREAT SIDE. MY MOTHER USED THE RECIPE FOR XMAS AND USED SPLENDA BECAUSE MY DAD IS A DIABETIC AND IT TASTS JUST AS GOOD. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2008
This has become a family favorite and my daughter will be making this for our Christmas family get together this year. I had to look it up again to print out a copy for her so thought I would leave a review. Thanks to Rina for sharing. Very easy and very good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2007
Made this for a recent party and tripled the recipe except I only used about 3/4 C. Sugar total and adjusted the vegetable amounts. Added sliced black olives diced red and green peppers and used Bowtie pasta. It was a huge hit and more than one person asked for the recipe. Everyone loved the fact that it was not made with mayo but a vinaigrette-style dressing. Thanks for a wonderful salad recipe which I'll be making often. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2005
We really enjoyed this. I ended up trying this at the last minute since I had made Kim's Macaroni Salad (on this site) and realized that Kim's would be way to spicy for many especially children. I ended up serving both salads and they both disappeared - I guess I satisfied tastes of both kinds. I didn't change a thing in this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/14/2011
too acidic Read More
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