Classic Macaroni Salad


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 it with the classic summertime favorites like bbq chicken or pulled pork and corn on the cob, oh yes and let’s not forget the watermelon. This recipe is my favorite classic macaroni salad recipe, it’s nothing super fancy it’s just that delicious comfort food you remember growing up with (plus I 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 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).

Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad

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

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! 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. To use it you simply download the app (create an account, register your membership card and upload a payment method if you haven’t already) then as you are doing your shopping you simply scan an item you want to buy using the app and camera on your smart phone. Add it to your cart and continue to do this with all the items you want to purchase. Then make your payment using the app. And here’s the best part – skip the check out lines! Simply proceed to the exit where a costumer service member will be waiting to scan the barcode on your app (which shows all of your purchases) and off you go! I love it!

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!

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Classic Macaroni Salad

4.5 from 2 votes

Yield: About 8 servings


  • 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). Drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool. Let drain very well.
  2. 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. If you cooked the pasta if fairly salty water you won't want to overdue it).
  3. 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). Pour dressing over top, add in parsley and toss mixture to evenly coat. Serve or store in refrigerator up to 1 day.
  4. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

This post is sponsored by Mirum Shopper, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.


  • Analida’s Ethnic Spoon: Mmmmmm yes! Crunchy, colorful and creamy macaroni salad. The picnic dish I cannot resist. I will definitely be trying this one. April 16, 2017 at 1:05am Reply

  • Sara @ Last Night’s Feast: Yum! This is so colorful and definitely a crowd pleaser! Perfect for a summer picnic April 17, 2017 at 7:45am Reply

  • Marg: Thank you for a delicious salad we had at our Easter Brunch.. Everyone took home the recipe.So glad I could share something so good.
    Would you happen to have the old fashioned tuna casserole recipe that had pimento in it? April 17, 2017 at 8:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed! And to answer your question I’m sorry but I don’t have a tuna casserole recipe. April 18, 2017 at 2:11pm Reply

    • Laurie Joy: Try They have thousands of recipes. You can even search by ingredient s May 21, 2017 at 5:29am Reply

  • Amanda: This sounds amazing!! I think I’ll make it this week! April 22, 2017 at 2:50pm Reply

  • Salwa: Oh yumm this looks damn delicious 😋
    Definitely going to make it today, thank you for the awesome recipe April 23, 2017 at 8:32am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it! April 23, 2017 at 6:31pm Reply

  • Kendra Lynne: This looks SO yummy!!! April 24, 2017 at 8:42pm Reply

  • Sandra: I made this and it is great I just added a can of shrimp and it was really yummy!!! April 25, 2017 at 10:41am Reply

    • Jaclyn: The shrimp addition sounds delicious! Glad you liked it! April 25, 2017 at 8:27pm Reply

    • Maribeth: I was thinking about adding a can of shrimp too. Glad it was good! April 26, 2017 at 4:04pm Reply

  • Renee: Do you have the nutrient list for this? Calorie count? April 26, 2017 at 8:16am Reply

  • Andaco67: Just made this for our Meat Free Monday meal. It was delicious. I’m not a fan of Parsley so omitted that and used a different kind of pasta as I can’t find find elbow pasta here, but other than that I followed it to the letter. It will definitely be a regular in our house. Thank you. May 1, 2017 at 10:12am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for your review! May 1, 2017 at 8:28pm Reply

  • Heidi: This is amazing! I added back olives and roasted slivered almonds. Love the crunch!! May 1, 2017 at 10:32am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sounds delicious! Love the versatility of this recipe :). May 1, 2017 at 8:28pm Reply

  • Barbara: Thinking an addition of tuna or rotisserie chicken would make it a main dish! May 2, 2017 at 5:38pm Reply

  • Susan: Thanks for the recipe, it was a big hit at our summer outdoor party and everyone loved it!! No leftovers and that’s a first. I will be making this again for our trip to the cabin. Thanks again! May 25, 2017 at 12:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed Susan! June 13, 2017 at 1:03pm Reply

  • Sandra L.: I love Macaroni & Potato Salad. I use my grandmother’s recipe from the ’40’s and she had a secret ingredient which I can’t tell.

    I always put hard boiled eggs in my Potato Salad but never heard or eaten Macaroni Salad with it.

    I am making this today but swapping out the raw carrots (hate them) with diced tomatoes and a can of tiny shrimp (drained). I am allergic to yogurt so I will use sour cream which is wonderful.

    Now if I can actually wait till dinner to eat it. lol. May 28, 2017 at 9:54am Reply

  • Carol: Great flavor! I used medium shells and sour cream instead of yogurt. This will definitely stay in my favorite recipes file. Thank you. May 29, 2017 at 3:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Carol! May 29, 2017 at 10:11pm Reply

  • Kathy: A bit bland and dry. Added lots of salt and pepper and another 1/2 cup mayo. Very basic with little flavor. Just okay May 30, 2017 at 12:11pm Reply

  • Johnson William: Yummy June 3, 2017 at 1:45am Reply

  • Amber: looks delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! can i make it a day or so earlier for sunday lunch party June 8, 2017 at 5:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes you could make it a day in advance. You may want to thin it the next day with a little more mayo and greek yogurt. June 13, 2017 at 6:23pm Reply

  • Maria Rosa: Ottima!Soprattutto se si prepara la maionese.
    Grazieee June 14, 2017 at 10:57am Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: I haven’t had pasta salad in forever. Now I’m craving it! June 14, 2017 at 12:33pm Reply

    • Jada: Lets go to ensarro on grand avenue in Oakland July 17, 2017 at 12:37pm Reply

  • cheryl: I just made it for tonight. tastes great but lack a little umph….so I added half a diced jalapeno…..I always like a little kick in sides! June 21, 2017 at 12:39pm Reply

  • Diane: I don’t like greek yogurt. Do i just double the mayo? June 22, 2017 at 7:33pm Reply

  • Susan Turner: My Aunt always added a little bit of cheddar cheese to her macaroni salad. Really good June 30, 2017 at 12:51pm Reply

  • Bonnie: Made it once loved it. Now making it for the 4th of July party cabby wait June 30, 2017 at 3:54pm Reply

  • Bonnie: Hoping this will be enough for 20 people more like15
    Can you let me know what this yields thank you! June 30, 2017 at 3:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I switched to new recipe plugin so all of the yields on my recipes disappeared! I believe makes about 6 servings. June 30, 2017 at 5:21pm Reply

  • Sabrina: Oh this is so delicious!!! July 6, 2017 at 5:39am Reply

  • Amanda: Is the white wine vinegar essential?? I have regular vinegar and apple cider vinegar. Have you ever substituted? July 7, 2017 at 5:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Apple cider vinegar would work here just as well. I hope you love it! July 7, 2017 at 9:42pm Reply

  • Julie: I tried it but I halved all the ingredients because I wanted to try it out first for myself and husband. I did not use all the dressing and that is perhaps why it appeared to get dry and lacked a little umph. I also omitted the egg. Any suggestions on how to spice it up a bit and keep the noodles from absorbing the moisture? July 12, 2017 at 7:55am Reply

  • Gina: Can you provide a calorie count for this? July 18, 2017 at 11:04am Reply

  • Julie: I tried this recipe, everyone liked but all agreed it needed and extra punch of flavor. Not sure what to do. Any suggestions? July 18, 2017 at 2:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You could add in more mustard, some garlic powder, pimiento peppers/pickles or capers, you can use roast the bell pepper (or use the jar kind), you can add paprika, then add more onion or a little onion powder. Hope something there helps up the mild flavor to suit your taste. July 18, 2017 at 10:28pm Reply

      • Julie: Thank you for the suggestions Jaclyn. Will try some of these ideas and see what happens. I don’t want to give up on this recipe. July 19, 2017 at 5:48pm Reply

  • Christine @ myblissfulmess: This looks wonderful! I’ve got this on my list to try in the next week. I can’t wait! July 29, 2017 at 8:29am Reply

  • Christine @ myblissfulmess: I made this to go along with some burgers I came up with, and oh my!!! We loooove this salad. I love it so much, I’m making mention of it on my blog. I love the tanginess of the dressing and the beautiful colors of the salad. August 7, 2017 at 8:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it Christine! August 7, 2017 at 1:43pm Reply

  • Carla: What would you use instead on white wine vinegar? This looks yummy October 21, 2017 at 10:10am Reply

  • Brooke: This was sooo good! All of my little siblings loved it and wanted more. Next time I think I’ll use a little less mayo. It was a bit much (too creamy) with the amount of veggies. I also added a green pepper to help give it a little more substance. But it was really good! March 17, 2018 at 1:41pm Reply

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