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Macaroni Salad

If you’re looking for a dish to make for a cookout, potluck, picnic, or summer get-together, you can’t go wrong with classic macaroni salad with creamy mayo dressing. 
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: macaroni salad


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 stalk celery finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp sweet relish
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese diced
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni cooked al dente and drained


  • Boil the macaroni in salted water until it’s al dente. Rinse in cold water and drain well.
  • In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, white vinegar, sugar, salt, black pepper, celery, sweet relish, and cheddar. Stir it until all of the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Fold the macaroni into the dressing mixture and stir to coat.
  • Cover the bowl with foil or plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge. Let it chill for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
  • Serve!