World's Greatest Macaroni Salad (Seriously!)

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Total Time
20 mins
7 mins

A neighbor shared this recipe 30 years ago and it immediately became a "must have" at every family get-together! Feel free to play around with the sugar & vinegar a little - we like it a little more "zippy" but you can tone it down and make it a little sweeter if you want. This is going to look a little runny when you first stir it up, but the dressing thickens quite a lot as it chills!

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  1. Boil the macaroni as directed, then drain.
  2. While the macaroni is boiling, mix the other ingredients well.
  3. Combine macaroni with the dressing and chill for several hours.
  4. Enjoy!
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4 5

Almost everyone liked this at the BBQ. No one could guess the mystery ingredient (condensed milk!)

5 5

I have posted a very similar recipe to my private recipes so I don't lose it again. The only 3 differences are that my recipe has 1 green bell pepper finely diced and 1 cup of sugar (rather than 1/2 cup)and haqs 1 cup0 vinegar rather than 3/4 cup. This really is a very forgiving recipe and can take adjustments well. Also keeps for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. This is my DH's favorite macaroni salad. I have made it with whole wheat macaroni, Fat Free Eagle Brand milk and 3/4 cup of splenda instead of sugar. Slight difference in taste but not much. DH didn't even really notice the difference. This macaroni salad has been a staple in our family at holidays and gatherings for over 30 years.