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:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 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 cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 400 calories, 23g fat (5g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 332mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water; drain well.
  2. In a large bowl, combine macaroni and vegetables. Whisk together remaining ingredients until smooth and sugar is dissolved; stir into macaroni mixture. Refrigerate, covered, overnight. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Sweet Macaroni Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2004, p37

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John User ID: 1144025 268609
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2017

"This is moist and creamy at the same time. The sweet relish flavor is awsome. I rate this the best I have ever made."

angela32 User ID: 3084463 267440
Reviewed May. 29, 2017

"Excellent. I made a few substitutions for what my family prefers, but nothing drastic. It is fantastic!"

_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."

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