Summer Macaroni Salad Recipe

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Summer Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Summer Macaroni Salad Recipe

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When we grill, my mother asks me to make the family macaroni salad. To make it extra creamy, I like to keep a small amount of dressing separate and stir it in just before serving. —Carly Curtin, Ellicott City, Maryland
MAKES:
16 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:
16 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water or 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small sweet yellow, orange or red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Directions

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain; rinse with cold water and drain again.
In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, water, vinegar, sugar and seasonings until blended. In a large bowl, combine macaroni, peppers, onion and celery. Add 1 cup dressing; toss gently to coat. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours or until cold. Cover and refrigerate remaining dressing to add just before serving.
To serve, stir in reserved dressing. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 16 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as Summer Macaroni Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2015

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 160 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 320mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water or 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small sweet yellow, orange or red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain; rinse with cold water and drain again.
  2. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, water, vinegar, sugar and seasonings until blended. In a large bowl, combine macaroni, peppers, onion and celery. Add 1 cup dressing; toss gently to coat. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours or until cold. Cover and refrigerate remaining dressing to add just before serving.
  3. To serve, stir in reserved dressing. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 16 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as Summer Macaroni Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2015

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ccolor1 User ID: 3534054 270282
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2017

"We did like this, but a good idea would be to make extra dressing and add it before serving since ours did soak up the original quickly and became dry. I cooked the pasta in water flavored with Tony Chachere's seasoning for more flavor and since it's summer, we have tomatoes out the wazoo so some pieces were added. This really is a great recipe and will be used again - thank you for posting it."

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scotland1 User ID: 1426757 270039
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2017

"Made it. I did not have any bell peppers to add. It sure was good tasting. Will make ti again without the bell peppers. This is my go to salad."

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Kim299 User ID: 5011663 270035
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2017

"Yummy, my hubby liked it the way it was written so I split it and added a little more of everything so we had more. I added a drained can of tiny shrimp and some Old Bay to my half and it was delish."

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luvdemgrits User ID: 8486223 268272
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2017

"This is a great salad.. I think overnight the flavors meld nicely.. I agree with Psalm 127:3 children are a heritage, and the salad could use more spice.. so taste testing and adjusting makes it your own.."

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Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 268251
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2017

"this sounds delicious-only thing I'll add to are the seasoning amounts, we like lots of flavor and 1/4 t garlic powder to me needs to be bumped up as do others. thanks for posting"

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ARollins User ID: 4935279 250262
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

"Important to let it set that 2 hours after making, I liked it better the next day.

I will make again"

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abreendre User ID: 1799143 250260
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

"Good and simple taste. Perfect for the whole family from grandparents to the 3 year old."

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kfnb User ID: 8771061 249982
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2016

"This salad tastes great and is easy to make. It makes tons though. Next time I will halve the recipe."

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jbug827 User ID: 1013132 248956
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2016

"This was just okay for us. I found it to be a little dry for my preference, even after adding the remaining dressing just before serving. I ended up with leftovers and made another half batch of dressing to stir in the next day which helped. I also added some toasted onion powder and a few herbs to bump up the flavor a bit."

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christmasBall User ID: 8076573 232903
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"Good salad. I did add a little pickle relish for tang."

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