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Mom's Best Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Mom’s Best Macaroni Salad
Make a quick, colorful, creamy salad that’s slightly sweet and tart. See more
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Mom's Best Macaroni Salad

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"This is, by far, the best macaroni salad I've ever put into my mouth. It has a perfect blend of sweetness and tartness, and it is so pretty with all of the multi-colored veggies. Be ready for this to disappear before you put it on the table! I have six children, and it is all I can do to keep them from nibbling on it while I'm mixing it up!"

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Original recipe makes 16 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins

    30 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Rinse under cold water, and drain.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the carrots, red onion, green pepper, red pepper and celery. Mix in the mayonnaise, condensed milk, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. Add the macaroni, toss gently, cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. I usually make this a day ahead of time, and stir it occasionally to blend the flavors. The macaroni will absorb some of the liquid.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 20, 2008

Great recipe, with a few modifications: omit the 1/2 cup of sugar, as the condensed milk makees it plenty sweet enough. Add 1 tsp dry mustard, and 1 TBS paprika. I also added 3 chopped hard-boiled eggs once, and it tasted great!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 24, 2005

Way Way Way too sweet. Not worth the time chopping.

Oct 12, 2005

I made this macaroni salad for my daughter's figure skating competition. It was served to the coaches and judges. I have already gotten two requests for the recipe and I haven't even gotten my bowl back! One parent liked it so much, she took the rest home. I cannot stress how great this macaroni salad comes out. It is pefect for those occasions where you are requested to bring something, and you just don't know what to bring. TRY IT!

Oct 01, 2005

THE SWEET CREAMY TASTE was such a nice surprise when guests had their first mouthful of this salad! I did the lazy version---used a bag of frozen vegetables that included broccoli, red sweet peppers, sugar pod peas, etc. Then, I diced up some red onion and added shredded carrots. So simple ---but so good! I can't wait to bring it to another "shared dish" event so I can graciously accept all the compliments!

Mar 18, 2012

Made 120 servings of this salad for a large picnic - took forever to do all that chopping but it was worth it! Excellent salad. Someone described it as a cross between macaroni salad and cole slaw - appropriate description. I decreased sugar to a little more than 1/4 c and it was plenty sweet. The dressing was fantastic! Update: I've made this a number of times since my original post and I've decided you could put this dressing on cardboard and people would eat it! I've yet to have anyone who did not like it.

Aug 10, 2005

This was very good big hit at the neighborhood barbque. I did leave out a few things like the carrots and green bell pepper. Will definately make again.

Sep 08, 2005

I made this for labor day and was told several times that this was the best macaroni salad people have ever had. It was so easy and SO delicious. I will use this recipe forever!

Jul 23, 2005

This is an excellent recipe!!! Perfect blend of sweet and tangy. And best of all, no egg! A big hit with my bunch.


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  • Calories
  • 424 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 45 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 19 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 24.7 g
  • 38%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 6.6 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 205 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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