This Classic Macaroni Salad is the perfect side dish for game day, picnics or just as a side dish.
I’m kicking it old school today and sharing my favorite recipe for Classic Macaroni Salad. Maybe I should clarify that it is my mom’s delicious recipe that we serve at every summer gathering and then some. Football season is FINALLY here and I am so ready to host a nice homegating. But you don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy this classic salad.
Macaroni Salad is not just for your July 4th picnic. It’s perfect for happenings like a tailgate or home gate. I mean, you can’t get more basic than macaroni salad. It may be a must-have staple for any casual party or barbeque but it tastes absolutely delicious. I even will make a small batch to serve as a side for lunch or dinner. And this salad is just not your average macaroni salad. It’s super creamy.
The beauty of any macaroni salad or pasta salad is that it can be prepared ahead of time.
That means I can spend more time on the couch watching the game. Another beautiful thing about making salads is that they are EASY to make. Easy like, boil water, cook the pasta, chop some vegetables and mix together. Technically, this is a one bowl wonder because after you drain your cooked pasta, you can use the pot as your mixing bowl. I am all about kitchen shortcuts and making my life easier. Who likes to wash all those prep dishes anyway? Not I!
As far as the vegetables go, I like to stick with the basics of onion, peppers and celery, but you can really add vegetable you like. I have added tomatoes and cucumbers to this recipe before too. You can raid your garden or grab some at your farmers’ market haul. I usually don’t like to talk about things I don’t like in recipes, but I absolutely DO NOT like relish in my macaroni or potato salad (sorry mom). Sweet salads are just not my thing. By all means add some sweet relish to this recipe if that’s your thing. No judgment here.
Every party needs a delicious macaroni salad. This Classic Macaroni Salad is the perfect side dish for game day, picnics or just as a side dish.
- 4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 red pepper seeded and chopped
- 1 green pepper seeded and chopped
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1/4 cup grated carrot (optional)
- 2 large hardboiled eggs finely chopped
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard and seasonings together. Stir in macaroni, eggs and vegetables.
Pour into a serving bowl and refrigerate for 4 hours.