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Classic Macaroni Salad in white bowl next to red gingham napkin and silver spoon

Classic Macaroni Salad

Classic Macaroni Salad is the one that I always look for at potlucks. With a simple and tasty dressing, too heavy on the mayo or mustard, and full of flavor.

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword macaroni Salad recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10
Calories 359 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1 lb Small Macaroni Pasta, cooked


  • 1 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1/4 cup White Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt (or 3/4 tsp table salt)
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Sweet Relish


  • 1 lg Celery Rib, diced
  • 3 Tbsp Diced Pimentos
  • 1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, cubed

Optional Add-Ins

  • 4 slices Thick Cut Bacon (cooked), chopped
  • 1/2 Red Onion, diced
  • 4 Hard Boiled Eggs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Sliced Olives


  1. In salted water, cook macaroni pasta according to package directions (al dente is best). When done, drain completely and spread the pasta out on a baking sheet to cool completely.

  2. In a 1 quart bowl mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, and relish.

  3. Add cooled macaroni pasta to a large bowl.

  4. Add the dressing and mix together.

  5. Add celery, pimento, cheese, and any of the add-ins you would like. Mix gently.

  6. Chill before serving.

Recipe Notes

Calories will vary based on the add-ins you use.