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Macaroni Salad in a white bowl

Simple Macaroni Salad

This Simple Macaroni Salad is the most popular pasta salad! Made with macaroni, eggs, vegetables and creamy dressing, this classic dish is a must for summer!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword macaroni salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 367 kcal
Author Anna


for the macaroni salad:

  • 2 cups dry elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup chopped celery ribs
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped pickles
  • 2 large eggs

for the dressing:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Cook macaroni. Once done, drain and rinse with cold water. This will prevent sticking. See note for fixing stuck pasta.
  2. Cook eggs. Peel and chop.
  3. Make the dressing by combining all ingredients in a bowl and whisking together. Chill in the fridge while you prepare the rest of ingredients.
  4. Place cooked macaroni in a large bowl. Add chopped eggs, vegetables and stir together.
  5. Pour dressing over salad. Stir with a spatula or a wooden spoon.
  6. Serve or chill until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

  • If you forgot to rinse it and the macaroni is stuck together, place it in a colander and rinse under cold water, stirring with a spatula at the same time to break up the clumps
  • I highly recommend using pickle juice for the dressing, instead of vinegar. Lemon juice works great too!
  • Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
Nutrition Facts
Simple Macaroni Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 367 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 519mg23%
Potassium 218mg6%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 661IU13%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.