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Best Macaroni Salad

Best Macaroni Salad

Nothing says BBQ like a macaroni salad.  I refuse to eat store-bought salad because it just taste terrible.  So I looked up a recipe of macaroni salad a few years ago on and have been using this recipe since.  I have changed mine slightly to my liking, but you can follow the link to the original if you would like.  Mr.Picky loves this salad, as well as the kids.  I know the dressing is not so healthy but the salad actually has a lot of veggies in it, and the plates always come back clean.

Best Macaroni Salad:

  • 3 cups dry macaroni noodles (cooked as directed on box, drained and cooled)
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion (sweet is great but yellow will work), finely chopped
  • 1 small jar of pimentos
  • 2 stocks celery, finely chopped


  • 1 cup mayo (I use olive oil mayonnaise for everything)
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tbs yellow mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Combine cooked noodles and vegetables in a large bowl.Best Macaroni Salad

Whip together the dressing ingredients until combined.  If you mix sugar and vinegar first the sugar will dissolve easier, and then add the rest of the ingredients

Mix dressing and salad together, and chill for at least 4 hours for flavors to come together.

*In the picture you will see yellow bell peppers and a small jalapeno being used.  I didn’t have a green pepper and was not running to the store for just that.  Use what you have, you just might discover something new.

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