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Classic Macaroni Salad

This classic macaroni salad recipe is a refreshingly light take on an all-time favorite. It's perfect for a fast weeknight dinner or festive weekend barbecue. —Dorothy Bayes, Sardis, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 hard-boiled large egg, chopped
  • Dash paprika


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water. Cool completely.
  • For dressing, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, pickle relish, sugar substitute, mustard, salt and pepper. In a large bowl, combine the macaroni, celery, carrot and onion. Add dressing and toss gently to coat.
  • Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with egg and paprika.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 115 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 362mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch.

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  • Debglass11
    Oct 9, 2020

    Delish! Made a pound of elbow macaroni so increased the other ingredients accordingly. Creamy and delicious....made it for a backyard barbecue and everyone loved it. I also used 6 hard boiled eggs - chopped five of them and mixed them into the salad and saved one for garnish. Easy to put together and definitely a keeper!

  • Torogirl
    Jul 4, 2020

    Fantastic recipe! My husband just loves it and I'm a Star!

  • Willka22
    May 18, 2020

    Loved it. For my tastes added 1/4 cup of roasted red pepper, used 1 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, put the carrots into pasta water the last 3 minutes of cooking and real mayonnaise. Will definitely put this in my rotation.

  • mlworden
    Apr 12, 2020

    I prepared the macaroni salad with regular mayo, yellow mustard, added 3 chopped boiled eggs with the macaroni and veggies and omitted the sugar. Turned out great ! Thanks

  • Luann
    Apr 5, 2020

    Delicious salad, except of course with this Virus going around I haven't been to the store . I used a little bit of chives from my garden instead of onions,real sugar, regular mustard and a little dill pickle juice, and added a couple more eggs. Best macaroni salad in a long time! I cooked 3 cups of large elbow mac also. Thanks for the recipe :)

  • chipchox
    Jan 14, 2020

    Delicious! ????

  • Brandi
    Dec 23, 2017

    I made this tonight’ for Christmas lunch /dinner, and it is very good. I made it exactly how the recipe is written. Thank you for this amazing recipe.

  • habenaroman
    Nov 16, 2017

    No comment left

  • BigRon2
    May 18, 2017

    Ever since I was a kid, Classic Macaroni Salad never had "egg" in it. Plus we did not have "FAT FREE" mayonnaise either.

  • Kasha
    Apr 11, 2017

    Quick and easy, used real sugar and threw in some cucumber... Will make again