Mom's Best Macaroni Salad


This sweet macaroni salad recipe is, by far, the best I've ever put into my mouth. It has a perfect blend of sweet and tart and is so pretty, thanks to numerous multi-colored veggies. But be ready for this to disappear before you put it on the table. I have 6 children, and it is all I can do to keep them from nibbling on it while I make it.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 40 mins


  • 16 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni

  • 4 carrots, shredded

  • 1 large red onion, chopped

  • ½ green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • ½ red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • 2 cups mayonnaise

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup white vinegar

  • salt and pepper to taste


  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. Rinse under cold water; drain and set aside.

  2. Stir together carrots, red onion, bell peppers, and celery in a large serving bowl. Mix in mayonnaise, condensed milk, sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper until well combined. Add macaroni; toss gently, then cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.


I usually make this a day before, stirring it occasionally to blend the flavors. Keep the salad chilled in the refrigerator. The macaroni will absorb some of the liquid.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

424 Calories
25g Fat
45g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 424
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 10mg 51%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 222mg 5%

* 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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