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Classic Macaroni Salad

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Classic Macaroni Salad, this is a staple at any summer picnic or BBQ. An easy straightforward salad that’s still full of flavour. 



Salad Dressing

  • 125ml (½ cup) mayonnaise
  • 125ml (½ cup) Greek yogurt
  • 23ml (1½ tbsp) white wine vinegar
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) Dijon mustard
  • 10ml (2 tsp) honey

Macaroni Salad

  • 250g (1½ cups) dry elbow macaroni
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 (1 cup) red pepper, diced
  • 2 (1 cup) carrots, diced
  • 1 (½ cup) large red onion, diced
  • 1 (2 tbsp) small bunch parsley, chopped


  1. For the Dressing: Place all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk together until fully combined and then place in the fridge.
  2. Cook the Paste: In a large saucepan, half fill with boiling water and add a good pinch of salt.
  3. Add the macaroni and cook as guided on the packaging. Always keep an eye on your pasta as over cooking it can make the dish a little claggy.
  4. Once cooked, drain well and run under cold water until completely cool to prevent it cooking more.
  5. Assembling the Macaroni Salad: Remove the mixing bowl from the fridge and add the macaroni, eggs, red pepper, carrots, red onion and parsley, withholding a pinch of the parsley for decoration. Mix well and season to taste, making sure everything is coated evenly. 
  6. Present in the serving bowl of your choice and top with the pinch of parsley as decoration. Enjoy!


  • You can serve this old fashioned salad straight away or make it in advance for the following day.
  • If you don’t have Dijon mustard then any mustard will do but I would suggest wholegrain mustard.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: English

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