Summer Macaroni Salad

Robin Lieneke


This is the best macaroni salad I have ever eaten! Not too goopey, light and fresh. Lots of veggies, great textures and it"s colorful too. Looks as yummy as it tastes.


★★★★★ 2 votes

20 Min
Stove Top



  • 1 box
    elbow macaroni, cooked and cooled (16 oz)
  • 1 c
    celery, diced
  • 1/2 c
    red onion, diced
  • 1/2 c
    cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 c
    yellow summer squash, diced
  • 1/2 c
    green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 c
    cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 can(s)
    sliced black olives, drained
  • 4 oz
    sharp cheddar cheese, diced

  • 4 Tbsp
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1 c
    real mayonaise
  • 1/3 c
    sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    parsley, fresh, chopped
  • 2 tsp
    chives, dried
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried tarragon
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Summer Macaroni Salad


  1. Pour vinegar over onions in a small bowl. Let sit while you dice and prep remaining vegetables
  2. Put all remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl, toss
  3. Take onion out of vinegar and toss with remaining salad ingredients. Mix remaining dressing ingredients with vinegar and stir well. Set aside 1/3 of dressing. Pour remaining dressing on salad and stir to coat.
  4. Store in refrigerator overnight. Pour on remaining dressing just before serving. Stir to coat.

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About Summer Macaroni Salad

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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