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Easy Macaroni Salad

Make this quick and easy macaroni salad for your next picnic or outdoor BBQ. It's creamy and delicious and pairs perfectly with hearty grilled ribs or chicken.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Miracle Whip
  • 8 ounces cooked, drained elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 cup red and green pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup cheese cubes (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl stir in Miracle Whip, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper until smooth.
     
  2. Add remaining ingredients and toss to coat well. Cover and refridgerate at least 2 hours.

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This is very much like the macaroni salad that my mother used to make, save for the addition of the cheese cubes. When I make it now, I always add either cheese cubes or shredded cheese (normally sharp cheddar), plus a bit of crumbled bacon. It's perfect for a summer day with a glass of iced tea.

I prefer reduced fat mayo (not fat free) to the miracle whip In pasta salads like this one. I think it has more egg flavor and isn't as sweet. This recipe is definitely an oldie but a goodie! You could make it a meal on its own by adding some ham cubes - a great way to use up leftovers!

I am trying different macaroni salad recipes to find one that I can call my own and make the same one every time I need to make a macaroni salad. I usually use mayo, but I'm curious how the tangy Miracle Whip dressing would taste.

My mom made a recipe almost like this in the fifties and sixties when we live in NJ but without the red bell pepper. I don't think they had them back then. She used a jar of pimentos. I didn't like them so I gave the recipe to my brother when she died, and then he died. I think this is pretty close but she didn't use the cheese. I will give it a try. I must have been on a jar of Miracle Whip

What do you think? Being that it's summertime, we always like to put fresh chopped tomatoes in our macaroni salad and instead of actual celery, we used celery seed. The chopped tomatoes really made a difference.

I remember my mom making this (in the early 1950's) and she would put sliced black olives in and LOTS of cheese cubes 'cause we little mousies would pick the cheese out of it if given half a chance. LOL. She also used green onions instead of regular onion...but everything else is pretty much the way I remember. I'm sure that the differences in this recipe and my mom's were her own little tweaks. Good memories of family get-togethers! Thanks!

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