Classic Macaroni Salad

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Classic Macaroni Salad

Prep 20 m

Cook 10 m

Ready In 30 m

10 Servings

390 Calories


"This is a salad that everyone seems to love. I always get lots of compliments on this recipe and it is just a pleasing taste that seems to suit everyone."

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  1. 4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

  2. 1 cup mayonnaise

  3. 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

  4. 2/3 cup white sugar

  5. 2 1/2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard

  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  8. 1 large onion, chopped

  9. 2 stalks celery, chopped

  10. 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  11. 1/4 cup grated carrot (optional)

  12. 2 tablespoons chopped pimento peppers (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Rinse under cold water and drain.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir in the onion, celery, green pepper, carrot, pimentos and macaroni. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving, but preferably overnight.

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