Sour Cream Macaroni Salad Recipe

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"This make-ahead macaroni salad never fails to stay moist," says Rita Morris of Gastonia, North Carolina. "I double the recipe for potluck dinners."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 3/4 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/3 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or salt-free seasoning blend
  • Pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 138 calories, 2g fat (0g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 198mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; rinse in cold water and drain. Place in a large bowl; add green pepper, pickle relish, pimientos and onion. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; mix well. pour over macaroni mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Sour Cream Macaroni Salad in Quick Cooking March/April 2000, p53

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Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"Am always looking for macaroni saads which are low carb. content since I have Type I diabetes. It's very difficult to find such recipes that are appealing. This one in particular is very carb. friendly, one which I'll turn to often."

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2013

"This is usually made in a double batch. It's even tastier a few days later. I add multi colored sweet peppers (red, Orange and Yellow) . Always delicious and creamy!!"

Reviewed Jun. 9, 2012

"Absolutely delicious. I have made this wonderful salad for years and it's always a hit! I always add extra sour cream to keep it moist. My picky little son always asks for a second helping."

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2012

"Extremely soupy when I first made it, but the pasta really absorbed the liquid once refrigerated (overnight in my case)."

Reviewed May. 7, 2011

"Very good and very easy! I added tomatoes and cucumbers and it was very tasty....everyone had seconds. :-)"

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