Every good BBQ needs the perfect side dish. This FRESHLY MACARONI SALAD is my go to dish to bring to potlucks, BBQ’s, parties and more. It is loaded with lots of delicious veggies, cheese and more!

Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe

I love to make this Easy Macaroni Salad. It’s super easy and everyone always loves this salad. This Easy Macaroni Salad is budget friendly and makes feeding a crowd a breeze! It’s creamy and delicious. The veggies combined with the cheese really make this simple side dish hearty and tasty.

What ingredients are in macaroni salad?

Traditional Southern macaroni salad has mayonnaise, cheese, vinegar and a few veggies. You can easily add or omit the ingredients you do not like. A very simple version is just tomato and cheese with the mayo and such.  Cheddar cheese cubed is what is traditionally in this salad. You can mix it up with pepper jack or other cheeses though for something different. Classic Macaroni Salad uses elbow macaroni but you can use what you prefer or have on hand. Sometimes, I use what is on sale!

How do you make creamy macaroni salad?

The mayonnaise is the secret to making the salad creamy. You can certainly try reduced fat or light versions but I don’t recommend it. You want the salad to be really creamy and sometimes the light version make it taste watered down.

How long can you eat macaroni salad?

Pasta salad recipe with mayo will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days. However, if the salad has been left out for more than 2 hours, discard it. This is due to the mayonnaise in the macaroni salad.

This Easy Macaroni Salad recipe is the perfect side dish to bring to Summer BBQ’s, parties and more! Easy macaroni salad is loaded with veggies, cheese and more. You will love the creamy dressing.


  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 6 oz cheddar cheese cubed
  • 1/2 red onion minced
  • 4 celery stalks diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons


  1. Cook the elbow macaroni until al dente. You want them still firm. Immediately run the pasta under cold water so it isn’t sticky and prevents it from over cooking.  Drain well.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, toss together cooked pasta with the cubed cheese, onion, celery, bell pepper, and peas …
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