Creamy Classic Macaroni Salad

"This has been one of my family favorites for years. I believe it came from Hellman's originally but I have modified it somewhat and only use Kraft Mayo."
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Ready In:
5 cups




  • Combine first 6 ingredients.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Cover, chill (I alway top this with a sprinkle of paprika).

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  1. Great base recipe. Ihad to add some extra mayo and sugar to cut the acidity. Will probably cut the lemon juice next time. I also added some celery seed.
  2. Made this last night for a gathering my mom is attending today. She tasted it just a bit ago and said it was amazingly good, as she usually doesn't like pasta salads. I did have to add an extra cup of mayo (used the whole fat stuff last night and the extra cup is fat free) to get the creaminess back to it, but it worked out just fine.<br/><br/>Thanks!<br/><br/>Update: Ahhh, I just found this recipe again after a LONG time. I lost my printout and for some reason, I didn't put it in my keeper cookbook on here. I made this for the church Sunday school kick off tomorrow. I put in some halved cherry tomatoes for color. Used tricolor rotini and yellow mustard. I gave mom a small bowl of it and she came back in or seconds. :D Thanks again!
  3. I made this for a small BBQ at my house. Everyone raved about it! It wasn't sweet, even though there's sugar in it. I hate sweet salads! The vinegar and lemon add the right balance of freshness and makes it less heavy. I will be making this again, and again! Thank you!
  4. This pasta salad was incredible! Let's face it...most macaroni salads go unnoticed. NOT THIS ONE! I times it by 4 for a big BBQ event and everyone loved it. I used red wine vinegar, half of the lemon juice, and red chopped red onion and dijon mustard. It is true...use the Barilla elbow does have ridges! Make the dressing as early as you can to let the salt, sugar, and pepper meld. I added the onion, celery and peppers to the mix. This is a winner! Enjoy it this summer!
  5. Delicious! Nice and tangy. I love the lemon juice and onion, it really perks it up. I finely chopped my celery and red bell pepper and minced my onion for a more deli-like texture. Delicious! Easy to double, too. Thanks!


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