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A large bowl of classic macaroni salad

Classic Macaroni Salad


This iconically American macaroni salad recipe is reminiscent of the classic pasta salad you enjoyed as a child at picnics, BBQs and large family gatherings. It’s perfect for potlucks and Sunday socials after church. This simple, easy recipe will have you in and out of the kitchen very quickly. It’s a delicious family favorite!



  • 1 16-ounce box ditalini pasta, cooked al dente according to package instructions
  • 6 large hard-boiled eggs, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, minced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 small red bell pepper (seeds removed), minced
  • 1/4 cup Kosher dill pickles (or sweet pickles), minced
  • 1 6-ounce can black olives, diced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Paprika to taste


  1. Begin by making the macaroni salad dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, yellow mustard, dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste, and mix again.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, fold the dressing into the cooked and cooled ditalini pasta. Add the minced veggies, the chopped dill, and a few sprinklings of paprika. Gently fold all ingredients together until combined. Taste the macaroni salad and adjust the spices by adding in more salt, pepper and paprika, as desired.
  3. Cover the pasta salad and refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight. Classic macaroni salad tastes best after the flavors have had a chance to meld together, and when its served up nice and cold.
  4. Before serving, you can brighten up the taste of your macaroni salad by sprinkling a little more apple cider vinegar on top and then mixing it in. Garnish with another sprinkling of black pepper and paprika. Top off your tasty creation with a peeled hard-boiled egg that’s been sliced in half, along with a few whole olives and a couple sprigs of fresh dill or parsley.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: How long can you keep macaroni salad in the refrigerator? Properly refrigerated in a tightly-sealed container or a zip-top bag, your macaroni salad will stay fresh and tasty for up to five days.

  • Category: Lunch, Snack, Dinner, Potlucks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: classic macaroni salad, macaroni salad recipe, cold pasta salad