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Mom's Best Macaroni Salad

Rated as 4.37 out of 5 Stars
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"This is, by far, the best macaroni salad I've ever put into my mouth. It has a perfect blend of sweetness and tartness, and it is so pretty with all of the multi-colored veggies. Be ready for this to disappear before you put it on the table! I have six children, and it is all I can do to keep them from nibbling on it while I'm mixing it up!"
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Ingredients

30 m servings 424
Original recipe yields 16 servings

Directions

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Rinse under cold water, and drain.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the carrots, red onion, green pepper, red pepper and celery. Mix in the mayonnaise, condensed milk, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. Add the macaroni, toss gently, cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. I usually make this a day ahead of time, and stir it occasionally to blend the flavors. The macaroni will absorb some of the liquid.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 424 calories; 24.7 45 6.6 19 205 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Great recipe, with a few modifications: omit the 1/2 cup of sugar, as the condensed milk makees it plenty sweet enough. Add 1 tsp dry mustard, and 1 TBS paprika. I also added 3 chopped hard-boil...

Most helpful critical review

Way Way Way too sweet. Not worth the time chopping.

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Great recipe, with a few modifications: omit the 1/2 cup of sugar, as the condensed milk makees it plenty sweet enough. Add 1 tsp dry mustard, and 1 TBS paprika. I also added 3 chopped hard-boil...

I made this macaroni salad for my daughter's figure skating competition. It was served to the coaches and judges. I have already gotten two requests for the recipe and I haven't even gotten m...

THE SWEET CREAMY TASTE was such a nice surprise when guests had their first mouthful of this salad! I did the lazy version---used a bag of frozen vegetables that included broccoli, red sweet pep...

Made 120 servings of this salad for a large picnic - took forever to do all that chopping but it was worth it! Excellent salad. Someone described it as a cross between macaroni salad and cole s...

Way Way Way too sweet. Not worth the time chopping.

This was very good big hit at the neighborhood barbque. I did leave out a few things like the carrots and green bell pepper. Will definately make again.

Awesome. Just perfect the way it is. Next time I may leave out the white sugar for a tangier salad. Just a tip, don't rinse the macaroni with cold water. Under cook it slightly, drain the co...

I made this for labor day and was told several times that this was the best macaroni salad people have ever had. It was so easy and SO delicious. I will use this recipe forever!

Took this recipe to a softball team pinic and everyone fell in love with it. I made to additions, spiral noodles and black olives. It was a hit even with my picky husband