Grandma's Macaroni Salad


A sweet macaroni salad just like Grandma used to make. The dressing is a good basic macaroni salad dressing that you can use with your own macaroni salad recipe. You must refrigerate for at least 4 hours for all of the flavors to blend together.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 35 mins


  • 2 cups elbow macaroni

  • ¼ cup sweet relish

  • ½ cup onion, finely chopped

  • ½ cup finely chopped green bell pepper

  • ¼ cup finely chopped carrot

  • 1 hard-boiled egg, chopped


  • ¼ cup creamy salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip®)

  • ¼ cup reduced-fat sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons low-fat milk

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well; rinse with cold water and drain again.

  2. Reserve 2 tablespoons of relish juice; place remaining juice in a large bowl with onion, bell pepper, carrot, and egg.

  3. Whisk creamy salad dressing into reserved relish juice. Mix in sour cream, milk, sugar, dill, salt, and pepper. Fold gently into macaroni mixture. Refrigerate to let flavors blend, 4 to 24 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

172 Calories
4g Fat
29g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 172
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 215mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 133mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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