Make a perfect macaroni salad for your lunch and dinner. Check out this simple and easy to make recipe!

Macaroni Salad

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I’m showing you how to make The Best Macaroni Salad.
I am super picky when it comes to macaroni salad.
It cannot too have much mayo in it otherwise it ruins the whole thing!
It has to have the perfect balance of flavor and this recipe is it!
This is the perfect macaroni salad.


  • 1 pound elbow noodles

  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed or shredded

  • ½ red onion, minced

  • 4 ribs celery, diced

  • 1 red bell pepper, minced

  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup cider vinegar

  • ¼ cup minced fresh dill

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • To start you’ll need to bring a large pot of salted water to a boil on the stove. Cook a pound of elbow noodles according to the package directions. Once they’re finished cooking you’ll want to drain them and rinse them under cold water until they’re all cooled off.
  • In the meantime we’ll put together our little sauce for our salad, or dressing. You’ll need 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of sweet pickle relish. Then you’ll need 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard, and I’m using stone ground dijon mustard today, then 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and some fresh dill. Mix this all together.mixing
  • Pour your cooked and cooled pasta into a large mixing bowl, and then it’s time to add in all of our toppings. The first thing that I always add in is little small cubes of cheddar cheese. Then I also add in half of a diced red onion, and you want red onion because it’s meant to be eaten raw and it’s such a pretty color. And then 4 celery stalks that you dice up. You want to have all of these a small dice so that they’re all just tiny bite sized pieces. And then 1 cup of thawed frozen peas. 1 small diced red bell pepper. It’s all just so colorful and pretty. Last we just need to toss on our dressing. Drizzle it all on and scrape the bowl, and give this all a toss.
  • Your Macaroni Salad is ready!Macaroni Salad

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