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Easy Macaroni Salad

An Easy Macaroni Salad is a must-have for grilling season. Serve it at a neighborly cookout or family bbq, kids and adults love it. 

This is such a great macaroni salad. There is no overpowering flavor from the onion or celery and it all just blends perfectly. I had my nephew over today and this is one of his favorite pasta salads. I paired it with some chicken tenders, watermelon, and steamed broccoli. Kids gobbled it up, I was only left with broccoli, haha. 

I have fond memories of warm summer dinners with my cousins and playing all day with them, those were some of the best days! It’s amazing to me how food has such a lasting memory on us. My mom would always make the best summer family bbq’s. This Macaroni Salad is the greatest side dish for your summer bbq.

You can jazz this macaroni salad up by adding in some of your favorite veggies, hard-boiled eggs, diced ham, and even cheese if you fancy. But, this salad is great as is, my kids love it!

Tips for making Macaroni Salad

  • Salt your pasta water. 
  • Don’t overcook or undercook your noodles. 
  • Pasta must be fully cooled before you add mayo, it will stay more creamy that way.

Love easy and delicious side dishes also try, Marinated Tomatoes,Perfect Mashed PotatoesGreek Orzo Pasta Salad.

Yield: 10 servings

Easy Macaroni Salad

Easy Macaroni Salad

An Easy Macaroni Salad is a must-have for grilling season. Serve it at a neighborly cookout or family bbq, kids and adults love it. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb elbow macaroni pasta
  • 1 1/2 tbsp red onion, minced 
  • 2 celery stalks, minced 
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • parsly for garnish 

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add 1 tbsp salt and the pasta. Cook till al dente, about 8 minutes.
  2. Drain pasta and rinse under cold water to completely cool. Let the water drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Add onion, celery, mustard, lemon juice, and garlic powder to the bowl. Combine at let sit for 1 minute to allow the flavors to absorb.
  4. Add mayo, stir and combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let sit in the fridge for 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is the perfect side dish for any BBQ or Luau! Made with 5 ingredients this creamy lighted up and vegan-friendly macaroni salad is sure to hit the spot. 

Not only did this Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad get the family approval, my kids asked for it the next day! I served it with my Easy Hawaiian Chicken recipe and it truly was the perfect pair. 

This recipe is perfect to bring to a BBQ or have on its own. It stores great in the fridge for up to 5 days, the kids love a bowl for snack time or lunch. Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad does not skimp on flavor it is absolutely delicious!

4 Simple Ingredients for Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni

  •  dry macaroni pasta
  •  shredded carrots 
  •  grated onion 
  •  vegan mayo, or sub regular mayo
  • salt and pepper to taste

That is all you will need to create this delicious macaroni salad!

 

Love easy and healthy side dishes, also try Nutted Wild Rice Pilaf, Mexican Quinoa Salad, and Easy Greek Pasta Salad.

Yield: 4

Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is the perfect side dish for any BBQ or Laua! Made with 5 ingredients this lighted up creamy macaroni salad is sure to hit the spot. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup dry macaroni pasta
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots 
  • 1 tbsp grated onion 
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo, or sub regular mayo
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Cook macaroni according to package, about 10 minutes. You want it softer than al dente. Strain pasta and rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Let chill in the refrigerator.

Add mayo to your chilled macaroni and mix well. Stir in carrots and onion. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Can be made 24 hours ahead of time and stored in the fridge for 4-5 days.