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Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe

This Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe is the perfect side dish for a cookout, party, or barbecue! Made with creamy salad dressing mixed with tender elbow macaroni, cheese, peas, celery, bell peppers, and red onions. It's so easy to make!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq side dishes, easy pasta salad, pasta salad recipes
Servings: 12
Calories: 264kcal
Author: Jill



  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese cubed
  • 1/2 red onion peeled and minced
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas thawed


  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. Cover and refrigerate while you move on to the next steps.
  • Boil the elbow macaroni according to the package directions just until al dente. Pour the macaroni into a colander to drain and immediately rinse with cold water to cool down the macaroni and prevent it from sticking.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss together the cooked macaroni, cubed cheddar cheese, minced red onion, diced celery, diced red bell pepper, and the thawed peas.
  • Whisk the dressing well, then pour it over the macaroni salad; toss to combine.
  • Serve immediately or keep chilled until serving.


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 426mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 607IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 1mg