Macaroni Coleslaw Recipe
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Macaroni Coleslaw Recipe

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My friend Peggy brought this coleslaw to one of our picnics, and everyone liked it so much, we all had to have the recipe. —Sandra Matteson, Westhope, North Dakota
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 package (7 ounces) ring macaroni or ditalini
  • 1 package (14 ounces) coleslaw mix
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 medium cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) whole water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups Miracle Whip Light
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 150 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 286mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Transfer to a large bowl; add the coleslaw mix, onions, celery, cucumber, green pepper and water chestnuts.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Yield: 16 servings (3/4 cup each)

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Don't love Miracle Whip? Use mayonnaise instead.
  • Kool factoid: The term "coleslaw" is derived from the Dutch word "koolsla," literally translated as "cabbage salad." The term has evolved to refer to many types of crunchy, shredded-vegetable salads that hold up well after being dressed.
  • Originally published as Macaroni Coleslaw in Healthy Cooking June/July 2009, p33

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    Jdewinne User ID: 8783475 267484
    Reviewed May. 30, 2017

    "Excellent! Everyone really loved it? Only difference I made was using Mayo instead of MIracle whip"

    KarenN7 User ID: 6239153 253843
    Reviewed Sep. 8, 2016

    "Very good! Worth chopping up all the veggies."

    bracken User ID: 959871 253703
    Reviewed Sep. 5, 2016

    "I just made this salad.......awesome!!!!! I didn't put the chestnuts in the salad. (I don't like them.) I will make this again....."

    Frederixx2 User ID: 6421003 252144
    Reviewed Aug. 2, 2016

    "I like both coleslaw and macaroni salad but I thought this might be really odd to taste. I added green onion and red onion instead of onion. I omitted the green pepper and water chestnuts. I added 2 chopped fine hard boiled eggs to it. In the end I also sprinkled a bit of turmeric to it. This is absolutely delicious! I love it, thanks for the recipe, even if I made it my own. Try it, its sooooo good!"

    Moca10 User ID: 2790965 251976
    Reviewed Jul. 28, 2016

    "Delicious! I made this for a church cook out yesterday and it earned rave reviews. It makes a lot so it is a handy recipe to have on hand when you are looking to serve a crowd. Folks liked the additional vegetables along with the macaroni and cabbage. I used mayonnaise, red onion and green onion along with red bell pepper. It is a very adaptable recipe."

    cmbelle85 User ID: 3274236 251860
    Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

    "This was very yummy!!"

    jeanemed User ID: 1512060 250107
    Reviewed Jul. 5, 2016

    "I served this for 4th of July yesterday. I thought I'd like it better than I did. It made a lot, which was a plus, but it was really missing something in the flavor. I found it unappealing and wished I'd served something else. Inhad 12 people for dinner; people ate it-- I had half a bowl left over. My husband said it was okay, and that he liked it well enough, but I didn't notice anyone really excited about it. Too bad. It sounded like something I'd like.

    Perhaps I'd like it with a different dressing. I think the dressing was a deal breaker for me. Maybe I'll try it again but use a favorite coleslaw dressing on it instead. Also, I wasn't crazy about the chestnuts. If I do it again, I'll use chopped jicama instead."

    Fleegs User ID: 6507201 250035
    Reviewed Jul. 3, 2016

    "Fresh taste and crunchy... Yum! I was looking for something a little different -- and this did the trick. I did not add the water chestnuts and reduced the onion."

    [email protected] User ID: 1912882 249569
    Reviewed Jun. 19, 2016

    "This was so good. I don't think I will ever make just plain coleslaw again."

    mariska96 User ID: 7359016 249549
    Reviewed Jun. 18, 2016

    "Very delicious!!! Substituted green peas for the green peppers and loved it! Used whole wheat pasta & mayo & splenda & seasoned with white pepper & celery salt. pasta box was 12 oz, so increased amount of dressing by adding some olive oil & more cider vinegar & sweetener & seasonings---perfecto! Thanks for sharing!!!"

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