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Easy Macaroni Salad
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4.8 from 5 votes

Easy Macaroni Salad

This classic macaroni salad is simple and easy, but not lacking in flavor.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 21 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 394kcal
Author Christin Mahrlig


  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound elbow pasta
  • 1/3 cup minced red onion
  • 1 celery rib, minced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise


  • Bring 4 quarts of water to boil in a large pot. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and the pasta. Cook until al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Drain pasta in a colander and rinse with cold water until no longer hot. Drain briefly again, leaving a little water on the pasta and transfer to a large bowl. The pasta will absorb this water instead of the mayonnaise which will help it stay creamy.
  • Add onion, celery, parsley, lemon juice, mustard, garlic powder, and cayenne to bowl with pasta and stir to combine. Let sit 2 minutes to allow the flavors to absorb into the pasta.
  • Add mayonnaise, stir to combine, and let sit 5 to 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 2 days.


Calories: 394kcal