- 1 package (7 ounces) ring macaroni or ditalini
- 1 package (14 ounces) coleslaw mix
- 2 medium onions, finely chopped
- 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
- 1 medium cucumber, finely chopped
- 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
- 1 can (8 ounces) whole water chestnuts, drained and chopped
- 1-1/2 cups Miracle Whip Light
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Transfer to a large bowl; add the coleslaw mix, onions, celery, cucumber, green pepper and water chestnuts.
- In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
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Nutrition Facts3/4 cup: 150 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 286mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.
Dec 29, 2019
Thanks for the inspiration! I changed it up a bit and used red onion, green and red bell peppers, skipped the cucumber and water chestnuts. I also cheated and used Marie’s coleslaw dressing to make this in a pinch. Lastly, I added Craisins. This served a crowd and the combo of crunchy slaw and pasta was delicious! Next time, I’ll try the homemade dressing.
Nov 15, 2019
Excellent! I used regular mayo. Nice mix of pasta and coleslaw. Great dressing!
Sep 16, 2019
This is very good. My husband really liked it and described it as "fresh." I used light mayo, 1/2 of a larger red onion and no water chestnuts. Nice make ahead salad. The dressing was lighter than I expected (a good thing). Maybe the light mayo?
Sep 15, 2019
I've made this twice now and it is always a hit! It has quickly become a family favorite! Perfect for a potluck!
Sep 1, 2019
Yummy! Makes a large batch. I do not care for Miracle Whip on sandwiches, but figured the sweet flavor would work well in a coleslaw and it does. I used 1/2 of a small Vidalia onion rather than 2 whole onions, seeded the cucumber before dicing it, used 1/2 the suggested sugar, and thinned the dressing with a little milk. I cut up the coleslaw mix into smaller pieces and wilted it (combined coleslaw mix with the salt, placed it in a colander and pressed the mix with a weighted plate for about an hour or so) before combining with remaining ingredients. This is a wonderful potluck dish. Anyone who likes coleslaw should enjoy this recipe.
Aug 30, 2019
I found this a very pleasing salad and have made it twice now. The first time I stuck to the recipe and found it sweet but the vinegar also played off that sweetness. The second time I cut the sugar. While I thought it was still very good, there was something to be said for the sweet against the tang. Either way, it is good!
Aug 18, 2019
You know the recipe is good when you bring home an empty bowl and people ask for the recipe!
Jul 20, 2019
Jul 10, 2019
Not a fan of cole slaw but love this salad. The crunch from the veggies and adding the pasta make it so good. My new favorite summertime salad.
Jul 8, 2019
What a tasty combination! Who doesn't like cole slaw or macaroni salad?! This is my new "go to" recipe for pot lucks, funeral receptions, and family gatherings. I omit the water chestnuts as they don't seem to offer much taste and there is plenty of crunch without them. I also have begun substituting Marie's Cole Slaw Dressing (refrigeration section of grocery store) in that I believe it has just the right tang. This has been a popular salad wherever I've brought it. Thank you, Sandra, for sharing a real winner!