Classic Macaroni Salad


This macaroni salad always gets lots of compliments. It's an easy recipe to make and has a pleasing taste that everyone seems to love!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins


  • 4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar

  • 2 ½ tablespoons prepared yellow mustard

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • ¼ cup grated carrot (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped pimento peppers (Optional)


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

  2. Mix mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl; stir in celery, onion, green pepper, carrot, pimentos, and macaroni.

  3. Refrigerate salad for at least 4 hours before serving, but preferably overnight.

    an overhead, close up view of a large bowl of classic macaroni salad
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

390 Calories
19g Fat
49g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 390
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 529mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 13mg 66%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 134mg 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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