Macaroni Salad

How to make the BEST Macaroni Salad! This recipe can easily be doubled to serve a crowd.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword macaroni salad, side dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 288kcal
Author Sam Merritt


  • 8 oz macaroni noodles (227g)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced sweet gherkins usually 4-6 sweet gherkins for me (80g)
  • 3/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper about 1/2 pepper (100g)
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced celery about 1-2 stalks (55g)
  • 1/3 cup finely diced red onion (45g)
  • 2 large hard boiled eggs, finely diced

Macaroni Salad Dressing

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise I use olive oil mayo (175g)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (70g)
  • 2 Tablespoons sweet pickle juice
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar*
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper optional


  • Prepare macaroni noodles according to package instructions. Drain and rinse immediately with cold water, then drizzle with a teaspoon of olive oil and gently stir so the noodles don't stick together as they sit.
  • In a large bowl, combine macaroni noodles, sweet pickles, red pepper, celery, red onion, and eggs. Stir until well-combined. Set aside and prepare your dressing.

For the dressing

  • To prepare your macaroni salad dressing, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, red wine vinegar, sweet pickle juice, sugar, dijon mustard, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper (if using) in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk until ingredients are well-combined.
  • Pour dressing over your macaroni salad ingredients and toss until well-combined.
  • For best flavor, cover bowl and allow macaroni salad to chill for at least one hour. Stir once more before serving and enjoy!


*If you don't have red wine vinegar on hand, white wine or apple cider vinegar would also work well.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 288kcal