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Favorite Classic Macaroni Salad

Everyone has a favorite classic macaroni salad recipe and this one is ours!  This best old-fashioned macaroni salad includes cheese cubes, dices of boiled eggs and crisp veggies with a creamy dressing that encompasses our favorite summertime flavors.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chill Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Classic Macaroni Salad, Favorite Macaroni Salad, Old-Fashioned Macaroni Salad
Servings: 10 servings


  • 2 cups dry elbow macaroni
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • handful flat-leaf parsley washed, dried and chopped
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1/2 red onion peeled and diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper diced
  • 4 oz. block monterey jack cheese, cut in small cubes
  • 3 dill pickle spears, finely diced
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water; set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, Dijon, vinegar, celery salt and parsley. Stir in the macaroni, eggs, celery, onion, bell pepper, cheese, and pickles. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.


For ultimate flavor, I recommend making this recipe at least 1 day before serving it.