Potluck: Classic Macaroni Salad Recipe

I was invited to a BBQ and this is the most affordable classic that will feed lots of people.  It's the Classic Macaroni Salad.  I loved the All Recipes Classic Macaroni Salad video that made it look so easy.  Of course I modified it to suit my needs and based on reviews from other chefs.  That's one great thing about All Recipes website - there is an active pool of chefs who review and rate the recipes. 

Classic Macaroni Salad Recipe

  • 4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next morning,  Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Rinse under cold water and drain. Stir in the onion, celery, red pepper, carrot and macaroni. Refrigerate for a few more hours (it was 2-3 hours for me to have a creamier salad) before serving.