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Elbow Macaroni Salad

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Here’s a great recipe for macaroni salad. It pairs well with summer lunch sandwiches and as a side on the dinner table. I know macaroni is often a star player in dishes like mac n’ cheese, goulash, and bean and pasta soup, but whenever I hear the word “macaroni” I always think of my sweet aunt and her macaroni salad.

Elbow Macaroni Salad

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I guess you could say my aunt was famous for her macaroni salad. She earned that nickname everyone called her because of the salad: Aunt Macaroni.

Elbow Macaroni Salad

Her husband and four boys frequently requested it. She took it to family reunions. She made it for picnics. It seemed like she made it whenever I visited their house for dinner…and I hated it!

I loved my aunt and I loved going to her house. It was always full of interesting goings on with those energetic boy cousins and Aunt Macaroni’s mischievous ways.

Elbow Macaroni Salad

They had all sorts of curiosities in jumbled piles that I found fascinating. Their world was boy messy, so different from my neatly ordered home. I remember heaps of bikes in the garage and fishing gear and sporting equipment and there was a perpetual menagerie of pets.

I had fun at Aunt Macaroni’s and I invariably came home with dirt smudges on my face and clothes and I always wished she would make her apple dumplings as often as she made macaroni salad.

Elbow Macaroni Salad

Nowadays my appetite has shifted and I do like macaroni salad. I wish I had Aunt Macaroni’s actual recipe, but this one is awfully close to what I remember and it is so good!

This is a great cold salad that is easy to fix. It’s also great for transporting to family reunions. And picnics. And just to bless your family.



Elbow Macaroni Salad

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  • 1 box of elbow macaroni, cooked
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1 cup of mayo
  • ¼ cup of sour cream
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 2 chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley


  1. In a large bowl, toss cooked macaroni with celery, red pepper and carrots.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together mayo, sour cream, sugar, vinegar, mustard, green onions and parsley.
  3. Pour over macaroni and toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving.


  • Calories: 2016
  • Sugar: 39
  • Sodium: 1864
  • Fat: 179
  • Saturated Fat: 33
  • Unsaturated Fat: 140
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 88
  • Protein: 15
  • Cholesterol: 122

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Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.