Sweet Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Sweet Macaroni Salad Recipe

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A sweet out-of-the-ordinary dressing makes this macaroni salad special. My aunt gave me the recipe and it has become one of my favorites. I occasionally leave out the green pepper if I know that people don't like it...and it still tastes great. -Idalee Scholz Cocoa Beach, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 4 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 507 calories, 28g fat (5g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 385mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large serving bowl, combine the macaroni, carrots, green pepper and onion.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, milk, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper until smooth. Pour over macaroni mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Sweet Macaroni Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2004, p37

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_nlfPA User ID: 1879224 229193
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2015 Edited Mar. 12, 2016

"This is a superb macaroni salad recipe. it is the one I make all the time now that I have discovered it. My family loves it."

lmilano User ID: 8060930 137518
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014

"Made this using the large elbow macaroni noodles for a party and it was amazing, everyone loved it, they all wanted the recipe and it was so easy to make, I let it set in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving, cant wait to make this again. Definitely a party pleaser."

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 95071
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2014

"This has been my "go to" macaroni salad since this recipe first appeared in Taste of Home, several years ago. I, too, omit the 1 cup of sugar, which makes the salad too sweet for my family's taste. I also add 1/3 cup each of diced green, red and yellow sweet peppers (rather than just green pepper) and 1/4 cup chopped parsley for added color. This recipe is always a favorite at parties, picnics and BBQ's!"

kleisy52 User ID: 802943 53993
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2014

"One of our favorites..make it all the time!!!"

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 206005
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2014

"This is very good. I leave out the 1 cup of sugar since the sweetened condensed milk is in it. I also have never added green pepper to it. Be sure to refrigerate overnight, the sauce needs to soak in a little."

Robin42 User ID: 7874242 58178
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2014

"I make this salad all the time and always get requests to bring it to party's."

peachynonni User ID: 4215913 146824
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"This salad just didn't taste right with the sweetened condensed milk in it."

popoaggie User ID: 2713833 133839
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2013

"I have made this twice for pot lucks and always come home with it all gone. when asked for the recipe I direct them to the TOH web site. It has been made my several people since."

Demelza User ID: 204747 132727
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

"We love it!"

mdbubba1 User ID: 1253738 53992
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"We all love this. Its just like Amish Macaroni salad. I make this all the time. The only thing I change is I add sweet pickle relish. But that is just a personal preferance."

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