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Macaroni Coleslaw Recipe

Macaroni Coleslaw Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
  • DRESSING:
  • 1-1/2 cups Miracle Whip Light
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Macaroni Coleslaw

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2016

"Made as directed. This is amazing!!!! Everyone love it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2016

"Made this today. It's now my new favorite salad! Delicious! My family loved it! It was easy to make but let me warn you! It makes a lot! Thanks for sharing!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2016

"I haven't made it yet but sounds promising"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2016

"Wonderful love it, my family loved it too"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016 Edited Jan. 5, 2016

"This looks and sounds unappetizing, but intrigued by the numerous 5 star reviews, I went ahead and made it. I only had low fat mayo (no miracle whip), so I used that. I only put one onion in because it looked like a lot, but might add half or all of the second one.

I was expecting it to taste like coleslaw AND macaroni salad. I think it pretty much tastes like coleslaw with a bit of pasta added. It makes a ton."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"This is an awesome dish! I made it as directed, except the onion. I only used one and it was plenty. Will make this again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2015

"I have never been a coleslaw lover. But this sounded interesting. I loved it. My husband also loved it. It stays crunchy for several days. I did cut it down because it was only 2 of us, and I left out the green pepper, because I don't like that flavor. But I will be making this again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2015

"A nice change!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2015

"Very tasty and crunchy. I don't miss the full fat version of Miracle Whip at all. I used only one onion and that flavor still comes through. I also omitted the water chestnuts for my husband, but it still has a nice crunchy texture."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2015 Edited Aug. 25, 2015

"A wonderful tangy salad! I love salads using Miracle Whip as they are so much more flavourful than mayonnaise. The crunch of the water chestnuts is wonderful. I use tri-colour coleslaw and leave out the green peppers as I dont like them."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2015

"I used Best Foods Mayonaise instead of Miracle Whip, and I really love the salad. My husband doesn't like macaroni salad and he would still rate it a 4. Took it camping and it was just as good on day 4."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"Wasn't a favorite. I didn't care for the vinegary taste. Wasn't creamy enough. I'm sure if you are a huge coleslaw fan you would love this recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2015

"Even my non coleslaw liking kids, LOVED this recipe. Made dressing exactly as written, except I used colored, spiral Rotini and red pepper for color. Liked it even more the next day!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2015

"I added crispy bacon to this and it was wonderful........."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2015

"I was so disappointed with this recipe. It tasted like sugar and vinegar. I double checked and measured correctly. It was not edible."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 16, 2015

"Excellent! I made for 1st time at a birthday party and everyone gave thumbs up.

ITSA keeper!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2015

"Loved the if this salad, and the ingredients, but there just wasn't enough flavor for me. I will try it again, but next time I will add the same ingredients I use when I make cole slaw and see if that helps. It needed more "tang"."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2015 Edited Feb. 20, 2015

"This salad is delicious! Added tiny cubes of ham to add a little protein. SOOOO GOOOD!

Definately will make this recipe again! A new family fav! :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2014

"Made with Hellmann's mayo. Our family does not care for Miracle Whip at all. Used tarragon vinegar so it had that KFC coleslaw flavor. That is what tipped the scale at our large family gathering."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"A big hit with family & friends. Love the crunchy vegetables!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"I have made this recipe several times. Each time it became a favorite of all who ate it. It is now on my list of favorite salads to serve."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

"I no longer make "plain" coleslaw. This is my go to recipe. I don't change a thing in this recipe, its awesome as written."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2014

"won 1st place at my work potluck in the salad category! Love this salad!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2014

"Made this for the 4th of July & everyone enjoyed it. This one is a keeper."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2014

"This is a perfect recipe for feeding a crowd. It makes a huge bowl of wonderfulness * I did spruce mine up a wee bit by adding some extra spices * Everyone really enjoyed this recipe.

Janie"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2014

"I thought it was delicious. Took a big bowl to a church potluck, and most people passed it by. I think if they'd have TRIED it, they'd have liked it. Dumped out a lot of it, sadly."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

"I can not make macaroni salad or cole slaw. I tried this and it is a winner!! I used Hellman s mayonnaise instead of miracle whip and did not use water chestnuts because I don't care for them, I did not have them, and it just sounded weird. Took it to work and everybody loved it!! They wouldn't let me take the leftovers home. Awesome. Recipe! Thanks!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014

"Delicious! I doubled the recipe and took for a large group campout. Nice change from the normal macaroni or coleslaw."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 27, 2014

"Delicious! Made this for our Memorial Day BBQ and it was hit. Everyone loved it including my husband who is always hesitant to try new things. He said it was a nice change from my regular pasta salad and to add it to the rotation!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 25, 2014

"Yummy! I sure will make it again. 5 Stars."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 16, 2014

"delicious...I took this salad to an 8 year olds birthday party and ALL the kids had seconds...they loved it...I loved it.....almost everyone loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 13, 2014

"Yummy"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 11, 2014

"I give it 5 stars"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 11, 2014

"I made this and it is delicious, I had lost the recipe, so glad you posted it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2013

"Amazing taste. Great change to the basic coleslaw. I saved this to my favorites. I didn't have miracle whip so I used mayo. I didn't have celery . So I added 1/2 of celery salt instead of plain salt. I also sliced up carrots . Yummy, yummy!! Will be making this again"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2013

"I really liked this recipe. I also added raisins for flavour and color. Delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2013

"This salad is so refreshing! I used Truvia in place of sugar and turned out great. It is hard to find diabetic friendly recipes that our whole family likes. This is a keeper."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2013

"This is terrific! The textures are very appealing and the dressing is one of the best I've ever made. My new "GoTo" Coleslaw."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2013

"My family loved this recipe. I omitted green pepper and added red pepper. I made as written once, but since then have added shrimp and used Mayo. I will take to family reunion potluck. I may try some of the other variations described here."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"I made this over the weekend and it is just awesome. Will be making this often."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

"To sweet. I added mustard and it cut the sweetness but still did not care for it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2013

"Perfect summer salad! Absolutely delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"After someone tastes this salad I always get asked for the recipe. It's a perfect "go-to" when I'm expecting a crowd."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2013

"This a fantastic salad. It makes a large amount so it's good to take to a cookout party!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2013

"Already made it three times. Use Hellmann's and apple cider vinegar."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2013

"it is great"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2013

"I have made this recipe several times & each time it turns out GREAT!!! And, there are never any leftovers....a big hit! The pre-made coleslaw mix helps make the recipe easy, the vinegar gives it a little bite.....EXCELLENT, HIGHLY recommend this recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2013

"I took this to Bunco and everyone LOVED it! It wasn't as good the next day or two though. I didn't add the water chestnuts because I didn't have any and don't like them. I also used green onions instead of some of the regular onion. The last time I made it I added a little jalepeno for some spice and that was awesome. I'll add it every time now."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"Tried this recipe with regular mayo. Oh it was so goooood! My husband had 3 helpings. I will make this at work, too! Thank you Sandra!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2013

"Made this for a potluck. Everyone loved. Will definitly be making this again. Yum Yum"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2013

"I have made this dish a few times and will be making it again this weekend. I also have had requests for the recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2013

"served this at a potluck last nite. everybody loved it. will definetly be make this again. didn't have peppers so i used radishes and i also omitted the water chestnuts."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 28, 2013

"I have made this recipe repeatly - have passed the recipe to lots. Love it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"This salad was just okay. I wouldn't make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2012

"The absolute first time I have ever been so impressed with a recipe that I felt I had to rate it. This is excellent! The dressing is so good and the longer the salad sits the better it gets. This one is a keeper!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2012

"It tasted fine but it just wasn't enough for me to want to make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2012

"It tasted fine but it just wasn't enough for me to want to make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2012

"Loved it"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2012

"I made this for Labor Day and it was a huge hit with many of the guests and I plan to take it to a pot luck picnic this week. I used half Hellman's Mayo & half Miracle Whip in the dressing. I substituted red pepper for the green pepper and left out the cucumbers. It has a great crunch and know we will enjoy it many times over. Thanks for the recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2012

"I made this using only one onion, the small shells and substituted mayo for the Miracle Whip. My family loved it, but I do intend on trying some of the add-ins that were suggested."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2012

"Sorry, hate to write a negative review, but thought this was terribly BLAND. Added a bit of horseradish, celery seed, more vinegar, salt and pepper, and more Miracle Whip to get it just ok."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

"What an absolutely delicious salad! I was pleasantly surprised to see that this salad is huge! Just the right amount of dressing for all the lovely ingredients... a definite 5-star recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

"I just loved this recipe. I used green onions, and used broccoli coleslaw in a package. I also used the small shells and used 14 oz of those. I know I changed it up quite a bit but everything worked so well together. I did not use the water chestnuts, but this dish never lacked for flavor. It makes so much I take it to our Church dinners and any other get togethers. Yummy!! Debbie in Texas"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012 Edited May. 19, 2014

"I have made this salad many times. Everyone really likes it. We don't like Miracle Whip so I use mayonnaise. Very good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2012

"Good recipe, but added a little caraway and used peas instead of cucumber."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2012

"I think you can use small macaroni in this recipe. It taste wonderful made with mayo instead of mircle whip. Good recipe"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2012

"Would be awesome with a little imitation crab meat added as well!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2012

"Made this for a family gathering, it was so Good !!!!! Will make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2012

"Have made this recipe several times. Everyone loves it ~ yum!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"Really good change of pace. Will use for get togethers this summer"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"Yum! Love this recipe. This will be my go-to side dish for family get togethers/potlucks. Love the noodles, gives it such a good texture. I cut the recipe in half."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"The BEST salad ever. People who don't like Coleslaw liked this one. I did not use water chestnuts, and substituted Splenda for the sugar. Delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"I made this to bring to a party. I may have to make it again so I have enough to bring! I cut the sugar, used mayonnaise and a 16 oz. bag of coleslaw. Delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"This is very good. A nice change from the traditional coleslaw. I didn't add the chestnuts. Family enjoyed it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"Made for a family get-together. Everyone loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

"This recipe is so good! I took to a fish fry and was a huge hit....everybody loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"yummy! I used mayonnaise instead of Miracle Whip."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"Everyone loves this. I only use one onion. It makes a lot and tastes delicious. I also added chopped peanuts to the top. This is a keeper!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"I have this and been told it is best ever Cole slaw , but to cut calories I sub half mayo for plain yogurt still get rave reviews"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2011

"This is an AWESOME recipe, and I look forward to making it again. I did use regular mayonnaise, and red wine vinegar instead of regular vinegar. I also omitted the salt, it wans't missed. My husband liked the way it complimented the honey sauced chicken nuggets, and helped us get out of the winter doldrums. My daughter normally doesn't like the veggies listed, but with them being finely chopped in the food processor, she never even noticed them, and had 2 helpings! LOL! Plan on passing this recipe along to my sisters and also my best friend for her daughter's high school graduation party."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"Great recipe. Just different enough to be interesting. Love the crunch of the water chestnuts. Definite potluck material."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"This was easy to make and surprised a lot of people with how good it was! Even my father in law who never eats pasta salads thought this was delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2010

"I used Hellman's Mayonnaise instead of the Miracle Whip Light salad dressing. It was yummy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"used mayo, very good"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2010

"I make this quiet often and is quite popular at get togethers.

 
I use regular Miracle Whip.  I also use only an 1/8 cup of the cider vinegar and then use an 1/8 cup of white vinegar.  I don't like too much of that cider vinegar taste.  I also tend to add more pasta as we like it that way better.
 
I also sub the bagged broccoli slaw mix for the coleslaw mix.  We prefer that also.
 
Very good salad!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2010

"Very intering combination witht he pasta and coleslaw. I was weary at first if it would be good, but after tasting it everyone really enjoyed it. I made half the recipe (still a lot of salad) and I used bottled coleslaw dressing. Will make this again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2010

"made just as written, added imitation crab, wonderful"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2010

"I did cut it in half, it was excellent and served my 5 boys. (they eat a lot)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2010

"this is really good and it keeps very well to make ahead of time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

"I served this recipe at a dinner and I had many compliments and requests for the recipe. The recipe makes alot of salad and is great for potlucks"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

"I made this dish for a birthday party yesterday and it was a big hit! Everyone was asking for the recipe. I used a mixture of red and green pepper, did not use water chestnuts, and added real bacon pieces. I did not use the dressing mixture, I used a whole jar of Marie's Coleslaw dressing which is awesome. Will be making this dish again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2010

"Just made this today and we loved it! My husband is originally from ND so I knew it had to be good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2010

"This recipe was a real hit when I made for my family. It has become a favourite at potlucks as well."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2010

"I have not made this yet, but on my menu for 4th of July. Miracle Whip sells everywhere and is made by Kraft."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2010

"This recipe always gets rave reviews and requests for the recipe. It's a new summer favorite for our family."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"SO yummy, cool and refreshing -- it gave me my pasta salad fix without having too many carbs."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"I haven't used this recipe yet, but will soon! It sounds exceptionally delicious &,will go Great with the good ole' fried chicken recipe!

Know my husband & I will love it as it ALL sounds so easy to prepare, then there will be left overs for us to eat next evening."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2010

"I made this salad yesterday and everyone really loved it. Even my picky husband. We were surprised that the combination of pasta and coleslaw was so tastey."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2010

"Made this for a family swim party and was a huge hit!! So easy to make and economical,too."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2010

"very good and makes a lot, love it with any kind of bbq"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"Family favorite and favorite request from co-workers for pot lucks. Quick and easy to make yet brings raves"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"I have made this coleslaw many times and even won our salad contest at work with this recipe. Its a keeper!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"oh my goodness, is Miracle Whip only in the south? It's like mayo, but sweeter. I don't like it, actually, but it IS lower fat."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"Miracle Whip is a brand name for a salad dressing . It is similar to mayonnaise but more tangy. It is very popular in the Midwest."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 2, 2010

"I made it and loved it! You can put whatever ingredients you like in coleslaw- I like pineapple and whatever ingredients u like in macaroni salad- I like raw veggies, pickles, etc. turns out awesome! Try It!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"I reduced this recipe down to 4. I used 1/2 cup macaroni, 1 3/4 coleslaw mix, 1/2 sweet onion, 1 celery rib,1/2 cucumber, 1/4 green pepper, 1/2 can water chestnuts, 3/4 cup luite salad dressing 1/8 cup sugar, 1/8 cup cider vinegar. It was very good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2009

"We used this recipe for an after-the-wedding lunch for family. It was wonderful"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2009

"I have used red bell pepper and red onions to add a little color and it does not change the taste at all."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2009

"Love this recipe; trying adding about a cup and a half of chicken or cocktail shrimp to make it an awesome light entree."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2009

"I used Best Foods Light Mayo and the entire family loved it!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2009

"I used Miracle whip for the salad dressing and it was great. This is my new favorite summertime salad."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 6, 2009

"Re Macaroni Coleslaw

The fat free salad dressing they are talking about is Miracle Whip"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 3, 2009

"I believe the salad dressing called for is another form of mayonaise."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 3, 2009

"What kind of reduced fat salad dressing??? ranch? italian??"

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