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Classic Macaroni Salad

This Classic Macaroni Salad is the perfect side dish for a summer cookout, family reunion or even a tailgate. Along with the traditional ingredients, the dressing for this version of macaroni salad includes sweetened condensed milk. This is definitely a recipe your friends and family will be asking for after they taste it.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Refrigerate4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic macaroni salad, creamy macaroni salad, macaroni salad, macaroni salad with sweetened condensed milk, sweet macaroni salad
Servings: 12
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. macaroni pasta
  • 3 large carrots grated
  • 1 onion diced small
  • 1 green pepper diced small
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook macaroni according to package directions to al dente. Drain.
    Classic Macaroni Salad with sweetened condensed milk is the perfect side dish for any meal. Just one bite takes you back in time.
  • Mix together mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, sweetened condensed milk and salt and pepper; add to macaroni and stir well.
    Classic Macaroni Salad with sweetened condensed milk is the perfect side dish for any meal. Just one bite takes you back in time.
  • Add in carrots, onion and green pepper. Mix until completely incorporated.
    Classic Macaroni Salad with sweetened condensed milk is the perfect side dish for any meal. Just one bite takes you back in time.
  • Refrigerate for a minimum 4 hours before eating.
    Classic Macaroni Salad with sweetened condensed milk is the perfect side dish for any meal. Just one bite takes you back in time.

Notes

  • Use sweetened condensed milk for this recipe, not to be confused with evaporated milk.
  • Red, yellow or orange peppers could be substituted for green peppers, if desired.
  • Be sure to refrigerate this old fashioned macaroni salad for a minimum of 4 hour to let the flavors marinate together before serving.
  • If the pasta salad seems dry, add a bit more mayonnaise to loosen it up. 
  • Want a pasta salad that can serve as a main dish? Try our Tuna Pasta Salad.
For some more pitch-in recipes, try our Old Fashioned Pea Salad, Cherry Fluff and Ranch Cauliflower Salad.