Every good BBQ needs the perfect side dish. This Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe is my go to dish to bring to potlucks, BBQ’s, parties and more. It is loaded with lots of delicious veggies, cheese and more!

This Easy Macaroni Salad recipe is the perfect side dish to bring to Summer BBQ's, parties and more! Easy macaroni salad is loaded with veggies, cheese and more. You will love the creamy dressing in Macaroni salad recipe. Try this Pasta salad with mayo. Everyone will love this simple Elbow macaroni salad!

Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe

I love to make this Easy Macaroni Salad. It’s super easy and everyone always loves this salad. This Easy Macaroni Salad is budget friendly and makes feeding a crowd a breeze!

It’s creamy and delicious. The veggies combined with the cheese really make this simple side dish hearty and tasty.

It is the perfect compliment to hot dogs with the Best Coleslaw, BBQ Ranch Grilled Chicken, and more! We even like it with Jalapeno Poppers Burger Sliders Recipe. This salad goes with anything!

This Easy Macaroni Salad recipe is the perfect side dish to bring to Summer BBQ's, parties and more! Easy macaroni salad is loaded with veggies, cheese and more. You will love the creamy dressing in Macaroni salad recipe. Try this Pasta salad with mayo. Everyone will love this simple Elbow macaroni salad!

I love to serve this salad in a pretty glass bowl. The layers of this salad look gorgeous in the glass.

The bowls with the lid are really handy for taking to BBQ’s or wherever you might be going. You might also like the plastic bowls with lids for outdoor parties and such.

What ingredients are in macaroni salad?

Traditional Southern macaroni salad has mayonnaise, cheese, vinegar and a few veggies. You can easily add or omit the ingredients you do not like. A very simple version is just tomato and cheese with the mayo and such.  Cheddar cheese cubed is what is traditionally in this salad.

You can mix it up with pepper jack or other cheeses though for something different. Classic Macaroni Salad uses elbow macaroni but you can use what you prefer or have on hand. Sometimes, I use what is on sale!

What do you put in your pasta salad?

This recipe calls for onion, green pepper, green peas and more. It’s so delicious! However, feel free to make it  your own. This simple salad is just as tasty with only a few ingredients or load it up with veggies if you prefer.

Hard boiled eggs are also good in the salad and add protein. I also like green pepper or red bell pepper. Sweet pickle is also in many traditional Southern style pasta salads.

Whatever you choose, it is the perfect Summer side dish. You can also use mustard sugar and black pepper instead of the vinegar.

How do you make creamy macaroni salad?

The mayonnaise is the secret to making the salad creamy. You can certainly try reduced fat or light versions but I don’t recommend it. You want the salad to be really creamy and sometimes the light version make it taste watered down.

How long can you eat macaroni salad?

This Easy Macaroni Salad recipe is the perfect side dish to bring to Summer BBQ's, parties and more! Easy macaroni salad is loaded with veggies, cheese and more. You will love the creamy dressing in Macaroni salad recipe. Try this Pasta salad with mayo. Everyone will love this simple Elbow macaroni salad!

Pasta salad recipe with mayo will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days. However, if the salad has been left out for more than 2 hours, discard it. This is due to the mayonnaise in the macaroni salad.

Easy Macaroni Salad Ingredients:

  • elbow macaroni
  • cheddar cheese
  • red onion
  • celery stalks
  • red bell pepper
  • frozen peas
  • mayo
  • apple cider vinegar
  • fresh dill
  • sugar
  • Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
This Easy Macaroni Salad recipe is the perfect side dish to bring to Summer BBQ's, parties and more! Easy macaroni salad is loaded with veggies, cheese and more. You will love the creamy dressing in Macaroni salad recipe. Try this Pasta salad with mayo. Everyone will love this simple Elbow macaroni salad!

How to make Macaroni Salad Recipe:

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. You want the pasta to still be firm so cook until al dente. Immediately rinse under cold water and drain so it isn’t sticky and prevents it from over cooking.  Drain well.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together cooked pasta with the cubed cheese, onion, celery, bell pepper, and peas.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, mix together mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, dill, sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour the mixture over the pasta and toss until everything is well coated. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!

Salt and pepper to taste.

This Easy Macaroni Salad recipe is the perfect side dish to bring to Summer BBQ's, parties and more! Easy macaroni salad is loaded with veggies, cheese and more. You will love the creamy dressing in Macaroni salad recipe. Try this Pasta salad with mayo. Everyone will love this simple Elbow macaroni salad!

Elbow Macaroni Salad is so easy and delicious! 

This Easy Macaroni Salad recipe is the perfect side dish to bring to Summer BBQ's, parties and more! Easy macaroni salad is loaded with veggies, cheese and more. You will love the creamy dressing in Macaroni salad recipe. Try this Pasta salad with mayo. Everyone will love this simple Elbow macaroni salad!
This Easy Macaroni Salad recipe is the perfect side dish to bring to Summer BBQ's, parties and more! Easy macaroni salad is loaded with veggies, cheese and more. You will love the creamy dressing in Macaroni salad recipe. Try this Pasta salad with mayo. Everyone will love this simple Elbow macaroni salad!

Don’t forget to keep this Pasta Salad Recipe with mayo refrigerated! 

You will love this Macaroni Salad dressing. It is so good and truly makes this macaroni salad amazing.

Simple Macaroni Salad Additions:

  • You can also substitute some of the mayo with sour cream.
    It will make it more tangy so just keep that in mind. You might want to try half mayo and half sour cream.
  • Stir in some cherry tomatoes cut in half.
  • Top with shredded parmesan cheese.

This Easy Macaroni Salad recipe is the perfect side dish to bring to Summer BBQ's, parties and more! Easy macaroni salad is loaded with veggies, cheese and more. You will love the creamy dressing in Macaroni salad recipe. Try this Pasta salad with mayo. Everyone will love this simple Elbow macaroni salad!

This is the best macaroni salad recipe!

We absolutely love this Macaroni salad with peas. The green really adds a pop of color to this Macaroni salad with cheese. Pasta salads are such an easy side dish to make for large crowds.

This Easy Macaroni Salad recipe is the perfect side dish to bring to Summer BBQ's, parties and more! Easy macaroni salad is loaded with veggies, cheese and more. You will love the creamy dressing in Macaroni salad recipe. Try this Pasta salad with mayo. Everyone will love this simple Elbow macaroni salad!

Make this Simple Macaroni Salad for your next Party.

It will be a crowd favorite and it’s so simple. I love dishes that are easy to make, everyone loves and didn’t cost a fortune to make. Pasta is an ingredient that really stretches.

If you are looking for something budget friendly, try this amazing pasta salad. You can make a huge bowl of pasta salad for not money much at all. It’s the perfect dish when asked to bring something to a cookout or when you are throwing a part.

Throw in some Lazy Day Crock Pot Baked Beans and Grilled Corn on the Cob and you are set! All of these are so easy and perfect sides for any cookout!

Everyone will love it and you will love not spending all evening in the kitchen. Enjoy your guests and make memories hanging out. Isn’t that what it is all about?

Let us know what you think about this delicious and easy Macaroni Salad.

How to Store leftovers:

You can store leftover pasta salad for up to five days. Simply, scoop it out of the bowl and transfer it into an airtight container.

Add the lid, and keep it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat it.

This Easy Macaroni Salad recipe is the perfect side dish to bring to Summer BBQ's, parties and more! Easy macaroni salad is loaded with veggies, cheese and more. You will love the creamy dressing in Macaroni salad recipe. Try this Pasta salad with mayo. Everyone will love this simple Elbow macaroni salad!

Print this Creamy Macaroni Salad Recipe below:

Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe

4.41 from 88 votes
This Easy Macaroni Salad recipe is the perfect side dish to bring to Summer BBQ’s, parties and more! Easy macaroni salad is loaded with veggies, cheese and more. You will love the creamy dressing.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 291
Author Carrie Barnard

Ingredients

  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 6 oz cheddar cheese cubed
  • 1/2 red onion minced
  • 4 celery stalks diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Cook the elbow macaroni until al dente. You want them still firm. Immediately run the pasta under cold water so it isn’t sticky and prevents it from over cooking.  Drain well.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss together cooked pasta with the cubed cheese, onion, celery, bell pepper, and peas.
  • In a small mixing bowl, mix together mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, dill, sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour the mixture over the pasta and toss until everything is well coated. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 291kcal, Carbohydrates 34g, Protein 9g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 18mg, Sodium 422mg, Potassium 196mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 910IU, Vitamin C 15.8mg, Calcium 124mg, Iron 1.1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I don’t comment a lot on recipes, but this was really good. The only things I did different was use a tablespoon of dried dill instead of fresh and I added another 1/4 cup of mayo. Definitely will be something I’ll make often!

  2. I made this for supper today, and it is delicious. Used dried dill weed and adjusted the quantity. Great taste due to the dressing! I would definitely bring this to a potluck or picnic. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    Made this a couple weeks ago and loved it! So did my friend who can be harder to please. Made it again this afternoon to go with some grilled kebabs tonight. My new go-to macaroni salad! Thanks!

  4. Won’t look at any other recipe for macaroni salad. This is the best! Husband wants it again tonight. Unusual for him. YUM!! thank you

  5. I made this but used macaroni, diced ham, Vidalia onion, peas, cheddar & pepper jack cheese & the dressing was perfect. It is delicious.

  6. 5 stars
    Seriously yummy yummy! Did sliced black olives instead of peas, hubby not a fan. Followed recipe other than that and is awesome! Thank you bunches!

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