Traditional Macaroni Salad

There are certain recipes I think of that remind me of my childhood. Recipes that can be changed up slightly but still hold that special place in our minds and our hearts. The traditional Macaroni salad is one of those recipes. As a child we would visit family for a weekend lunch and there would always be a variation of this recipe there. Potlucks, barbecues and family reunions always had macaroni salad on the menu. It is quick and easy and can feed a crowd for very little.

If you are looking for a crowd pleasing recipe next time you attend a group dinner, you should try this Macaroni Salad.

Traditional Macaroni Salad


  • 16 oz, Elbow Macaroni, cooked, drained and rinsed
  • 1 green pepper
  • 10 small carrots, or 1 large
  • ½ medium onion
  • ½ c. diced celery
  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • ½ c white vinegar
  • ⅓ c. sugar
  • ½ c sweetened condensed milk



Mix first 5 ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. In a second bowl mic the ingredients for the dressing. Pour dressing over macaroni mix, folding in to cover evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and cool.
Chill for 2 hours or more in refrigerator. Make sure to mix before serving to keep moist.
Makes about 10 cups of pasta salad. If needed add an extra tablespoon or mayo before eating to make extra creamy.
I find the smaller I dice the veggies the more likely my picky kids will eat them. This is one of my favourite recipes! Enjoy!


  1. Stacy Scott says

    Omgosh this sounds amazing – This I think my children will Love – it is a must for me to try ) Thank you so much for posting such a yummy Traditional Macaroni Salad

  2. This version sounds delicious- thank you for sharing it!

  3. kathy downey says

    Thanks for sharing it looks delicious

  4. My daughter loves the KFC macaroni salad and I have yet to find a good substitute yet but this one looks yummy!!


  5. I like this simple version. It's what I remember eating as a kid too!

  6. Amy Heffernan says

    YUMMY! I never think of adding green pepper!! Thanks!

  7. I love macaroni salad and its something you can eat pretty well anytime.

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