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Macaroni Coleslaw


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

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.


Average Rating: 4.76243
  • Jeanne
    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.
  • KristineChayes
    Nov 15, 2019
    Excellent! I used regular mayo. Nice mix of pasta and coleslaw. Great dressing!
  • S.
    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?
  • jstowellsupermom
    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!
  • aeioyou
    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.
  • robbrd
    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!
  • dtcady
    Aug 18, 2019
    You know the recipe is good when you bring home an empty bowl and people ask for the recipe!
  • Lisa
    Jul 20, 2019
    Really enjoyed!
  • nicu8717
    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.
  • Anne Bernadette
    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!
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