Cool and Creamy Macaroni Salad

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Chef mariajane

Don't drain the macaroni too well before adding the other ingredients - a little extra moisture will keep the salad from drying out. If you've made the salad ahead of time simply stir in a little warm water to loosen the texture.

Top Review by AmyZoe

I found this from Cook's Country. Good stuff--disappears quickly. Next time I'll add some peas and maybe some cheese. It's great just as it is, but I even thought adding broccoli might give it some more. Thanks for posting this great recipe!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in large pot. Add 1 tablespoons salt and macaroni and cook until nearly tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Drain in colander and rinse with cold water until cool, then drain briefly so that the macaroni remains moist. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Stir in onion, celery, parsley, lemon juice, mustard, garlic powder, and cayenne and let sit until flavors are absorbed, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add mayonnaise and let sit until salad texture is no longer watery, 5-10 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
  6. (The salad can be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Check consistency and seasonings before serving.).

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