Macaroni Coleslaw Recipe
- 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
- 1. 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.
- 2. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Yield: 16 servings (3/4 cup each)
Test Kitchen Tips
3/4 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.
Reviews for Macaroni Coleslaw
"Hubby made this for a company healthy Living Salads contest and I was lucky to get a cup to try! He used full-fat Miracle Whip and packaged pre-cooked rigatoni that he chopped up which was a little chewier than homemade. He cut the onion to one and used a mild onion. The chopping is a chore to say the least but he likes doing putzy stuff like that. Using sliced water chestnuts would trim some of the time off. Since he made it the night before, the dressing and onions had time to mellow.Exchanges I'd make in the future would be half Miracle Whip and half yogurt, trying plain and then lemon. For salad meal, I'd add add cheese cubes, ham, chicken, summer sausage, that lonely hotdog and sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Maybe whole grain pasta. Fresh or frozen peas, maybe pineapple tidbits or tomatoes.This was good as is but can be used as a base to expand ingredients."
"I've made the recipe many times as written.......it is very good! Everyone wants the recipe! It's so nice to give a great review to the actual recipe....not how it's been modified into something totally different......"
"I didn't care for it. It sounded good, I thought I would like it. It makes a lot. I took it to a large gathering and brought a lot of it home. I will never make it again."
"Excellent! Everyone really loved it? Only difference I made was using Mayo instead of MIracle whip"
"Very good! Worth chopping up all the veggies."
"I like both coleslaw and macaroni salad but I thought this might be really odd to taste. I added green onion and red onion instead of onion. I omitted the green pepper and water chestnuts. I added 2 chopped fine hard boiled eggs to it. In the end I also sprinkled a bit of turmeric to it. This is absolutely delicious! I love it, thanks for the recipe, even if I made it my own. Try it, its sooooo good!"
"Delicious! I made this for a church cook out yesterday and it earned rave reviews. It makes a lot so it is a handy recipe to have on hand when you are looking to serve a crowd. Folks liked the additional vegetables along with the macaroni and cabbage. I used mayonnaise, red onion and green onion along with red bell pepper. It is a very adaptable recipe."
"This was very yummy!!"
"I served this for 4th of July yesterday. I thought I'd like it better than I did. It made a lot, which was a plus, but it was really missing something in the flavor. I found it unappealing and wished I'd served something else. Inhad 12 people for dinner; people ate it-- I had half a bowl left over. My husband said it was okay, and that he liked it well enough, but I didn't notice anyone really excited about it. Too bad. It sounded like something I'd like.Perhaps I'd like it with a different dressing. I think the dressing was a deal breaker for me. Maybe I'll try it again but use a favorite coleslaw dressing on it instead. Also, I wasn't crazy about the chestnuts. If I do it again, I'll use chopped jicama instead."
"Fresh taste and crunchy... Yum! I was looking for something a little different -- and this did the trick. I did not add the water chestnuts and reduced the onion."
"This was so good. I don't think I will ever make just plain coleslaw again."
"Very delicious!!! Substituted green peas for the green peppers and loved it! Used whole wheat pasta & mayo & splenda & seasoned with white pepper & celery salt. pasta box was 12 oz, so increased amount of dressing by adding some olive oil & more cider vinegar & sweetener & seasonings---perfecto! Thanks for sharing!!!"
"Very good recipe! Everyone loves it!"
"This is a wonderful recipe, very full of flavor and texture. It has become a new family favorite. Thanks for sharing!"
"Mix together macaroni salad and coleslaw. The perfect way to UP each dish!"
"This tasted really good, and fresh. Has the taste of regular slaw but adding the pasta really brings it all together. Makes a large amount and it takes a huge bowl to mix it in. Definitely will make again."
"The Macaroni Coleslaw was the BOMB!! I doubled up on the recipe so I would have enough for a crowd."
"Made as directed. This is amazing!!!! Everyone love it."
"I haven't made it yet but sounds promising"
"Wonderful love it, my family loved it too"
"Edit: made with miracle whip light. Was much better. Especially the next day.This looks and sounds unappetizing, but intrigued by the numerous 5 star reviews, I went ahead and made it. I only had low fat mayo (no miracle whip), so I used that. I only put one onion in because it looked like a lot, but might add half or all of the second one.I was expecting it to taste like coleslaw AND macaroni salad. I think it pretty much tastes like coleslaw with a bit of pasta added. It makes a ton."
"This is an awesome dish! I made it as directed, except the onion. I only used one and it was plenty. Will make this again."
"I have never been a coleslaw lover. But this sounded interesting. I loved it. My husband also loved it. It stays crunchy for several days. I did cut it down because it was only 2 of us, and I left out the green pepper, because I don't like that flavor. But I will be making this again."
"A nice change!"
"Very tasty and crunchy. I don't miss the full fat version of Miracle Whip at all. I used only one onion and that flavor still comes through. I also omitted the water chestnuts for my husband, but it still has a nice crunchy texture."
"A wonderful tangy salad! I love salads using Miracle Whip as they are so much more flavourful than mayonnaise. The crunch of the water chestnuts is wonderful. I use tri-colour coleslaw and leave out the green peppers as I dont like them."
"Wasn't a favorite. I didn't care for the vinegary taste. Wasn't creamy enough. I'm sure if you are a huge coleslaw fan you would love this recipe."
"Even my non coleslaw liking kids, LOVED this recipe. Made dressing exactly as written, except I used colored, spiral Rotini and red pepper for color. Liked it even more the next day!!"
"I added crispy bacon to this and it was wonderful........."
"I was so disappointed with this recipe. It tasted like sugar and vinegar. I double checked and measured correctly. It was not edible."
"Excellent! I made for 1st time at a birthday party and everyone gave thumbs up.ITSA keeper!"
"Loved the if this salad, and the ingredients, but there just wasn't enough flavor for me. I will try it again, but next time I will add the same ingredients I use when I make cole slaw and see if that helps. It needed more "tang"."
"This salad is delicious! Added tiny cubes of ham to add a little protein. SOOOO GOOOD!Definately will make this recipe again! A new family fav! :)"
"Made with Hellmann's mayo. Our family does not care for Miracle Whip at all. Used tarragon vinegar so it had that KFC coleslaw flavor. That is what tipped the scale at our large family gathering."
"A big hit with family & friends. Love the crunchy vegetables!"
"I have made this recipe several times. Each time it became a favorite of all who ate it. It is now on my list of favorite salads to serve."
"I no longer make "plain" coleslaw. This is my go to recipe. I don't change a thing in this recipe, its awesome as written."
"Made this for the 4th of July & everyone enjoyed it. This one is a keeper."
"This is a perfect recipe for feeding a crowd. It makes a huge bowl of wonderfulness * I did spruce mine up a wee bit by adding some extra spices * Everyone really enjoyed this recipe.Janie"
"I thought it was delicious. Took a big bowl to a church potluck, and most people passed it by. I think if they'd have TRIED it, they'd have liked it. Dumped out a lot of it, sadly."
"I can not make macaroni salad or cole slaw. I tried this and it is a winner!! I used Hellman s mayonnaise instead of miracle whip and did not use water chestnuts because I don't care for them, I did not have them, and it just sounded weird. Took it to work and everybody loved it!! They wouldn't let me take the leftovers home. Awesome. Recipe! Thanks!"
"Delicious! I doubled the recipe and took for a large group campout. Nice change from the normal macaroni or coleslaw."
"Yummy! I sure will make it again. 5 Stars."
"delicious...I took this salad to an 8 year olds birthday party and ALL the kids had seconds...they loved it...I loved it.....almost everyone loved it!"
"I give it 5 stars"
"I made this and it is delicious, I had lost the recipe, so glad you posted it."
"Amazing taste. Great change to the basic coleslaw. I saved this to my favorites. I didn't have miracle whip so I used mayo. I didn't have celery . So I added 1/2 of celery salt instead of plain salt. I also sliced up carrots . Yummy, yummy!! Will be making this again"
"I really liked this recipe. I also added raisins for flavour and color. Delicious!"
"This salad is so refreshing! I used Truvia in place of sugar and turned out great. It is hard to find diabetic friendly recipes that our whole family likes. This is a keeper."
"This is terrific! The textures are very appealing and the dressing is one of the best I've ever made. My new "GoTo" Coleslaw."
"My family loved this recipe. I omitted green pepper and added red pepper. I made as written once, but since then have added shrimp and used Mayo. I will take to family reunion potluck. I may try some of the other variations described here."
"I made this over the weekend and it is just awesome. Will be making this often."
"To sweet. I added mustard and it cut the sweetness but still did not care for it."
"Perfect summer salad! Absolutely delicious!"
"After someone tastes this salad I always get asked for the recipe. It's a perfect "go-to" when I'm expecting a crowd."
"This a fantastic salad. It makes a large amount so it's good to take to a cookout party!"
"Already made it three times. Use Hellmann's and apple cider vinegar."
"it is great"
"I have made this recipe several times & each time it turns out GREAT!!! And, there are never any leftovers....a big hit! The pre-made coleslaw mix helps make the recipe easy, the vinegar gives it a little bite.....EXCELLENT, HIGHLY recommend this recipe!"
"I took this to Bunco and everyone LOVED it! It wasn't as good the next day or two though. I didn't add the water chestnuts because I didn't have any and don't like them. I also used green onions instead of some of the regular onion. The last time I made it I added a little jalepeno for some spice and that was awesome. I'll add it every time now."
"Tried this recipe with regular mayo. Oh it was so goooood! My husband had 3 helpings. I will make this at work, too! Thank you Sandra!"
"Made this for a potluck. Everyone loved. Will definitly be making this again. Yum Yum"
"I have made this dish a few times and will be making it again this weekend. I also have had requests for the recipe."
"served this at a potluck last nite. everybody loved it. will definetly be make this again. didn't have peppers so i used radishes and i also omitted the water chestnuts."
"I have made this recipe repeatly - have passed the recipe to lots. Love it."
"This salad was just okay. I wouldn't make it again."
"The absolute first time I have ever been so impressed with a recipe that I felt I had to rate it. This is excellent! The dressing is so good and the longer the salad sits the better it gets. This one is a keeper!!"
"It tasted fine but it just wasn't enough for me to want to make it again."
"It tasted fine but it just wasn't enough for me to want to make it again."
"I made this for Labor Day and it was a huge hit with many of the guests and I plan to take it to a pot luck picnic this week. I used half Hellman's Mayo & half Miracle Whip in the dressing. I substituted red pepper for the green pepper and left out the cucumbers. It has a great crunch and know we will enjoy it many times over. Thanks for the recipe!"
"I made this using only one onion, the small shells and substituted mayo for the Miracle Whip. My family loved it, but I do intend on trying some of the add-ins that were suggested."
"Sorry, hate to write a negative review, but thought this was terribly BLAND. Added a bit of horseradish, celery seed, more vinegar, salt and pepper, and more Miracle Whip to get it just ok."
"I just loved this recipe. I used green onions, and used broccoli coleslaw in a package. I also used the small shells and used 14 oz of those. I know I changed it up quite a bit but everything worked so well together. I did not use the water chestnuts, but this dish never lacked for flavor. It makes so much I take it to our Church dinners and any other get togethers. Yummy!! Debbie in Texas"
"I have made this salad many times. Everyone really likes it. We don't like Miracle Whip so I use mayonnaise. Very good!"
"I think you can use small macaroni in this recipe. It taste wonderful made with mayo instead of mircle whip. Good recipe"
"Would be awesome with a little imitation crab meat added as well!!!"
"Made this for a family gathering, it was so Good !!!!! Will make it again."
"Have made this recipe several times. Everyone loves it ~ yum!"
"Really good change of pace. Will use for get togethers this summer"
"Yum! Love this recipe. This will be my go-to side dish for family get togethers/potlucks. Love the noodles, gives it such a good texture. I cut the recipe in half."
"The BEST salad ever. People who don't like Coleslaw liked this one. I did not use water chestnuts, and substituted Splenda for the sugar. Delicious."
"I made this to bring to a party. I may have to make it again so I have enough to bring! I cut the sugar, used mayonnaise and a 16 oz. bag of coleslaw. Delicious."
"This is very good. A nice change from the traditional coleslaw. I didn't add the chestnuts. Family enjoyed it."
"Made for a family get-together. Everyone loved it!"
"This recipe is so good! I took to a fish fry and was a huge hit....everybody loved it!"
"yummy! I used mayonnaise instead of Miracle Whip."
"Everyone loves this. I only use one onion. It makes a lot and tastes delicious. I also added chopped peanuts to the top. This is a keeper!"
"I have this and been told it is best ever Cole slaw , but to cut calories I sub half mayo for plain yogurt still get rave reviews"
"This is an AWESOME recipe, and I look forward to making it again. I did use regular mayonnaise, and red wine vinegar instead of regular vinegar. I also omitted the salt, it wans't missed. My husband liked the way it complimented the honey sauced chicken nuggets, and helped us get out of the winter doldrums. My daughter normally doesn't like the veggies listed, but with them being finely chopped in the food processor, she never even noticed them, and had 2 helpings! LOL! Plan on passing this recipe along to my sisters and also my best friend for her daughter's high school graduation party."
"Great recipe. Just different enough to be interesting. Love the crunch of the water chestnuts. Definite potluck material."
"I used Hellman's Mayonnaise instead of the Miracle Whip Light salad dressing. It was yummy."
"used mayo, very good"
"made just as written, added imitation crab, wonderful"
"I did cut it in half, it was excellent and served my 5 boys. (they eat a lot)"
"this is really good and it keeps very well to make ahead of time."
"I made this dish for a birthday party yesterday and it was a big hit! Everyone was asking for the recipe. I used a mixture of red and green pepper, did not use water chestnuts, and added real bacon pieces. I did not use the dressing mixture, I used a whole jar of Marie's Coleslaw dressing which is awesome. Will be making this dish again."
"Just made this today and we loved it! My husband is originally from ND so I knew it had to be good!"
"This recipe was a real hit when I made for my family. It has become a favourite at potlucks as well."
"I have not made this yet, but on my menu for 4th of July. Miracle Whip sells everywhere and is made by Kraft."
"This recipe always gets rave reviews and requests for the recipe. It's a new summer favorite for our family."
"Made this for a family swim party and was a huge hit!! So easy to make and economical,too."
"very good and makes a lot, love it with any kind of bbq"
"I have made this coleslaw many times and even won our salad contest at work with this recipe. Its a keeper!!"
"I made it and loved it! You can put whatever ingredients you like in coleslaw- I like pineapple and whatever ingredients u like in macaroni salad- I like raw veggies, pickles, etc. turns out awesome! Try It!"
"I reduced this recipe down to 4. I used 1/2 cup macaroni, 1 3/4 coleslaw mix, 1/2 sweet onion, 1 celery rib,1/2 cucumber, 1/4 green pepper, 1/2 can water chestnuts, 3/4 cup luite salad dressing 1/8 cup sugar, 1/8 cup cider vinegar. It was very good."
"We used this recipe for an after-the-wedding lunch for family. It was wonderful"
"I used Best Foods Light Mayo and the entire family loved it!!"