Macaroni Salad Recipes

Macaroni salad makes an easy and tasty addition to any summer event. You can even add tuna or chicken and make it a meal on it's own!

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Classic Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 2722
This is a salad that everyone seems to love. I always get lots of compliments on this recipe and it is just a pleasing taste that seems to suit everyone.
By Graden

Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 102
The delicious flavors of crisp crumbled bacon and tangy fresh tomato that you love in a BLT sandwich dress up a bowl of macaroni salad that's perfect for a light lunch or side dish.

Macaroni Salad with Pickles

Rating: 4.5 stars 200
This recipe is easily multiplied for a crowd. Everyone in my family asks me to bring this to our functions. I even make it for weddings. Sometimes I use a mixture of different kinds of pasta, especially if I only have a little of this kind or that. Depending on what type of macaroni used, more dressing may be required. The recipe calls for red onion, but sweet onion is great, too.
By Allrecipes Member

Tomato and Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 8
Tasty macaroni salad perfect with those super-ripe summer tomatoes. I sometimes add a little water or extra mayo if not moist enough.

Delicious Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
A family favorite that does not last long around my house.

Herbed Macaroni Salad with Shrimp

Rating: 4 stars 10
Light and lemony, this recipe is a change from standard macaroni salads.

Crab Macaroni Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 10
Flaked, canned crab meat stars in this macaroni salad for a refreshing summertime side dish.

Southern Tuna Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Creamy from eggs and mayonnaise, tangy and acidic from mustard, pickles and chow chow, with a nice crunch from celery and onion. The Cajun spice just rounds it out with a blend of spices, the pimentos add a pop of color and sweetness, and tuna complements and ties all the flavors together in this Southern macaroni salad. Could top with some parsley for added color! Put this in a tortilla or melt some cheese on toast and make an open-faced sandwich!

Mom's Best Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 675
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!

Main Dish Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 29
A nice dish to bring to a barbecue. Can be made the night before, but keep the tomatoes out until a couple hours before serving.
By Jill M.

Bacon Ranch Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 60
Macaroni salad can sometimes be a little boring. So one day I just started adding extra ingredients and this is what I came up with. The whole family love's it! This recipe is even better if served the next day so that all of the flavors are well-incorporated. Enjoy!

Inspiration and Ideas

How to Make the Best Macaroni Salad
It's no picnic without macaroni salad. Here are a few quick tips for making the best macaroni salads, plus 15 favorite recipes to try.
15 Best Macaroni Salad Recipes
When it comes to choosing side dishes for picnics, potlucks, or even just everyday meals, don't overlook the macaroni salad.
Chef John's Classic Macaroni Salad
Rating: 5 stars 394

Whether it's sitting next to some smoky ribs or just a humble hot dog, this deli-style macaroni salad will always be a crowd favorite, as long as you pay attention to a few key details.