Melissa’s Macaroni Salad

    I love macaroni salad.  It is one of my favorite summer side dishes.  I usually pick up some at the market because I have yet to find a recipe that I like.  Usually I find that the macaroni salads other people make are full of mayonnaise.  I like my macaroni salad with more of a mustard flavor which is why when I came across Melissa’s version of this summer side dish I knew I was going to love it.

    This macaroni salad is full of fresh, crisp vegetables.  The dressing has a small amount of mayonnaise and a lot of other spices in order to give it a great flavor.  It’s much lighter then the version I pick up at the market and certainly lighter then any other version I’ve made at home before.  My husband and I loved the taste of the mustard and the lightness to this macaroni.  It does not taste light, but it went perfectly with our grilled burgers.

Melissa’s Macaroni Salad (adapted from I Was Born To Cook )
1 pound elbow macaroni (cooked, drained, and cooled)
1/4 c. celery, chopped
1/4 c. green pepper, chopped
1/4 c. red pepper, chopped
1/3 c. carrots, shredded
1/4 c. Miracle Whip Light (or mayonnaise)
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 T. yellow mustard
1 t. vinegar
1 pickle, minced
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
1 t. celery seed
1 t. sugar

1.  In a large bowl mix together the macaroni, celery, peppers, carrots, and pickle. 
2.  In a small bowl combine the Miracle Whip, both mustards, vinegar, salt, pepper, celery seed, and sugar.  Mix well. 
3.  Pour the dressing over top of the macaroni mixture and mix well to combine.  Store in the refrigerator.


  1. It does look & sound great! (I would use the Mayo!) :)

  2. I love when macoroni salads have a small amount of mayo and the other flavors are allowed to come out. Thanks for linking to Fat Camp Friday, see you next week!

  3. love this simple recipe so perfect for an easy summer side dish

  4. Looks delish.

  5. Made this pasta salad over the summer, I substituted some rotini pasta instead to hold the dressing a little more and i used dill relish in place of the pickles just to make it easier. Plus we had the relish on hand already. It was delish and my family has requested this be my bring along for family picnics! Thanks for posting yum!

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