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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


  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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Reviewed Jul. 8, 2015

"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."

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."

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!"

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2014

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

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."

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