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Classic Macaroni Salad


Classic Macaroni Salad



  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickles, diced (or relish)
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped


  1. Cook the Macaroni:
    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the elbow macaroni and cook according to the package instructions until tender. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the Dressing:
    • In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper until smooth and well combined.
  3. Combine Ingredients:
    • Add the cooked and cooled macaroni, diced celery, finely chopped red onion, sweet pickles (or relish), and chopped hard-boiled eggs to the bowl with the dressing. Mix everything until well combined and the macaroni is evenly coated with the dressing.
  4. Chill:
    • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the macaroni salad for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld together. For best results, chill for 2-4 hours.
  5. Serve:
    • Before serving, give the macaroni salad a good stir. Adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed. Serve chilled and enjoy!

This classic macaroni salad is perfect for picnics, barbecues, or as a side dish for any meal. Enjoy!

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