Easy Macaroni Salad
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An easy classic Macaroni salad recipe that is a perfect side dish to your BBQ meals and the warmer weather. Save money by using ingredients you already have at home!
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 6 cups
  • 8 oz large macaroni noodles
  • 2 diced sweet baby pickles
  • 1 whole red bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 whole finely diced celery stocks
  • ½ a whole red onion finely diced
  • 3 large hard boiled eggs, finely diced
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons sweet pickle juice
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • Optional (pinch of Cajun Seasoning)
  1. Prepare the Macaroni noodles according to package directions. Make sure to drain and rinse the noodles with cold water. Drizzle a small amount (1 teaspoon) of olive oil over the noodles, and then gently stir.
  2. In large bowl, combine the cooked Macaroni noodles, diced sweet baby pickles, red pepper, celery, red onion, and hard boiled eggs.
  3. To make the dressing, in a smaller bowl combine mayonnaise, sour cream, sweet pickle juice, red wine vinegar, sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, and Cajun seasoning (if using).
  4. Pour the dressing mixture over the noodles and gently stir until combined.
  5. For the best result, cover the Macaroni salad with saran wrap and let chill in the fridge for an hour before serving.
* If you don't have red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar works really well.
* Remember, you don't have to use the same veggies in this recipe. Make sure to take advantage of the veggies you already have at home.
Recipe by The Budget Mom at https://www.thebudgetmom.com/easy-macaroni-salad-2/