Classic Macaroni Salad


This is my favorite Macaroni Salad recipe! It’s a classic pasta salad dish – nothing super fancy, it’s just that delicious comfort food you remember growing up with and eating in the summertime. It’s tossed with colorful veggies and covered in a rich and creamy dressing.

Colorful Macaroni Salad in teal serving bowl

Macaroni Salad – a Summertime Staple

Macaroni salad is one of those things that I haven’t always appreciated. I would always walk right past pasta salads and potato salads and now I absolutely love both of them! They are perfect for parties/potlucks, picnics, and of course they are a wonderful side dish for lunch or dinner.

I love pairing macaroni salad with the classic summertime favorites like bbq chicken or pulled pork and corn on the cob, and oh yes, and let’s not forget the watermelon.


How to Make Macaroni Salad Your Way

I love this easy macaroni salad recipe, and that you can make it your own! (I’ve made it a little healthier by subbing out half the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt).

I added the mix-ins I like but you can swap the ones I have here with different vegetables you prefer, like cucumbers or (seeded) tomatoes. You could also add in a diced baby dill pickles or sweet pickle relish if that’s your thang (personally I’d go with the baby dills).

Rainbow-colored bowl of easy Macaroni Salad Ingredients

Want to see how easy this macaroni salad recipe is? Watch the video!

Grab Macaroni Salad Ingredients at Sam’s Club

Of course for this recipe I used my favorite mayonnaise – Hellman’s Mayonnaise (or in some states it’s labeled as Best Foods Mayonnaise). It’s rich and perfectly creamy and it’s a key ingredient to this pasta salad. I love that I can purchase Hellman’s Mayonnaise in bulk at Sam’s Club!

Scan and Go App – Skip the Checkout Line!

My newest favorite thing about Sam’s club is their Scan and Go App. The Scan and Go App is just as it’s titled – it lets you scan the items while you shop and simplifies the whole checkout process.


Club Pick Up – Shop from Home!

Sam’s Club also offers Club Pick Up where you can shop from home (order the items you want online) then someone at Sam’s Club will do all the shopping for you and you just show up to pick up your items hassle free. Genius!

It leaves you with more time to do the things you love! Try for yourself and see how convenient it is. And while your there grab the things you need to make this delicious Macaroni Salad!

Serving dish of Macaroni Salad with red onion, celery, peppers, carrots and egg

The Best Pasta Salad!

I have the feeling it might just be the first thing to go at your next cookout. Just look at all the goodness in this salad! Chances are it will become a new favorite!

Closeup of Easy Pasta Salad

More Pasta Salad Recipes


Classic Macaroni Salad

4.75 from 8 votes

The best summertime macaroni salad! Just like what you remember eating as a kid but here it's made a little healthier with Greek yogurt in the dressing. It's layered with colorful veggies and sure to satisfy!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cold pasta salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 247 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 8 oz . dry elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup Hellmann's or Best Foods Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup fat free or low fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 steamed or hard boiled eggs , peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots , roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley


  1. Cook macaroni in salted water according to directions on package (I added about 1/2 tbsp salt to the water). 
  2. Drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool. Let drain very well.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl stir together mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, vinegar, mustard, honey, and season with salt and pepper to taste (start with about 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper then add more salt after you've added the dressing to the pasta).

  4. Add well drained macaroni to a large mixing bowl along with eggs, bell pepper, carrots, celery and onion (if you like to have some color over you salad I like set aside some of the veggies to sprinkle over the top).
  5. Pour dressing over top, add in parsley and toss mixture to evenly coat. Serve or store in refrigerator up to 1 day.

  6. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Classic Macaroni Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 146mg 6%
Potassium 193mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 68.3%
Vitamin C 31.1%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 4.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Suzanne: This was a great salad! My husband raved about it! August 18, 2018 at 2:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear it! August 22, 2018 at 11:20am Reply

  • Polly: Very, Very Good!! Fixed for a family picnic and everyone loved it. In fact I saw quite a few sneaking back for thirds!! I left out the carrots and did not miss them. The dressing is as advertised flavorful but not heavy! I doubled the recipe to serve 16 and had plenty. August 13, 2018 at 1:24pm Reply

  • Karen: The dressing seemed to lack the “wow factor”. For me, it needed more mustard and less mayo. I would have added dill Maybe next time. I added 1 tbs crushed garlic with the veggies. And included more peppers and celery than the recipe called for, as it seemed veggie – light, pasta- rich. August 5, 2018 at 9:29pm Reply

  • Lindsay: Made this last yr for 4th of July and it was a hit! Making again this yr! I added cucumber. July 3, 2018 at 9:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you enjoyed it enough to make it again Lindsay! The cucumber sounds like a great addition. July 5, 2018 at 9:48am Reply

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