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[intro]Creamy Macaroni Salad is a simple macaroni salad recipe. This recipe for macaroni salad is the best macaroni salad. Even the pickiest of eaters will love this creamy pasta salad.[/intro]


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Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe

When you are looking for easy salad recipes for graduation parties and picnics, you usually look for an easy macaroni salad recipe. You also need the best macaroni salad, to be a simple macaroni salad recipe that will impress your guests!


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Best Macaroni Salad

Why is this creamy macaroni salad recipe the best macaroni salad recipe to make? This creamy pasta salad is a bit different. The macaroni salad ingredients are what you would expect to find in a simple macaroni salad recipe. However, there is  a secret ingredient that makes this southern macaroni salad stand out from all those other macaroni salad recipes.


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Recipe For Macaroni Salad

This recipe for macaroni salad is the creamy pasta salad cousin to my mother’s potato salad recipe. You see both salad recipes share the same secret ingredient. What exactly is this secret ingredient in  this creamy macaroni salad recipe that has people falling in love? Green Olives!


Cooking Tip:

[dropcap custom_class=”normal”] W [/dropcap]hen seasoning a salad, use coarse sea salt mixed with a little olive oil. It will stay crunchy when combined with the vinaigrette.. – Source: FoodNetwork


Southern Macaroni Salad

I took a southern macaroni salad and added to the macaroni salad ingredients green olives. There is somthing about the bitter saltiness of green olves that makes this simple macaroni salad recipe stand out. You could omit the olives from this southern macaroni salad, but trust me those olives just make this creamy macaroni salad recipe amazing!


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Creamy Pasta Salad

A question I have been asked when I have made this recipe for macaroni salad is:

“Is macaroni salad really just creamy pasta salad?”

The answer is techinally yes. A creamy macaroni salad recipe is actually a creamy pasta salad. The main differnce between the pasta salad recipes is that the macaroni salad ingredients is elbow macaroni. Where a pasta salad recipe can be any pasta.


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Reccomended Easy Salad Recipes From Other Food Bloggers:


  • Salads can be enjoyed anytime the year. They perfect to make for any type of gathering. So lets look at some other salads you may like. For example this Seafood Pasta Salad from Julia’s Simply Southern.
  • How about this Confetti Bean Salad from The Lady Behind The Curtain.
  • Maybe this FENNEL SALAD from Gathering Dreams is what your craving?


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Yield: 12 servings

Creamy Macaroni Salad Recipe

Creamy Macaroni Salad

Creamy Macaroni Salad is a simple macaroni salad recipe. Even the pickiest of eaters will love this creamy pasta salad.

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 lb large elbow macaroni (cooked)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup finely diced sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup diced colored peppers ((red yellow, green))
  • 1/4 cup sliced pimento stuffed olive
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon celery seed


  1. Mix cooled macaroni, celery, onions, bell pepper and green olives together in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, pickle relish, sugar, salt, pepper and celery seed, stirring well.
  3. Stir dressing into the macaroni mixture.
  4. Chill the salad for at least 1 hour in the fridge.
  5. Serve it up and ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 324mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g

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Raksha Kamat

Thursday 25th of May 2017

What you said is right. There is no guarantee for tomorrow. So enjoy life :) I too go on vacation, but just like you I stay away from 9-6 job, yet keep blogging. Blogging is not a job for me, it is something which makes me relax. Love the macaroni salad. Will surely make it.

Andrea @ The Petite Cook

Thursday 25th of May 2017

Absolutely love the sound of this! I'm a huge fan of pasta salad, they re always a hit on summer picnics and parties, I'll definitely give your macaroni salad a try!

Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry

Thursday 25th of May 2017

My husband loves macaroni and he would love this.Bookmarking to make


Thursday 25th of May 2017

Love your macaroni salad recipe. Pasta salads are so refreshing in Summer especially!

Annie @ Annie's Noms

Thursday 25th of May 2017

I know exactly how you feel with the working and being on the PC all the time, it's never ending. For the past few months I've really been trying to not turn on my laptop on Sunday, it honestly makes such a difference! Anyway, this macaroni salad looks wonderful! I love pasta salads, they're my favourite!

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