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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, macaroni salad, macaroni salad with sweetened condensed milk, sweet macaroni salad
Servings: 12
Author: Barbara


  • 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


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions to al dente. Drain.
  • Mix together mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, sweetened condensed milk and salt and pepper; add to macaroni and stir well.
  • Add in carrots, onion and green pepper. Mix until completely incorporated.
  • Refrigerate for a minimum 4 hours before eating.


For some more pitch-in recipes, try our Old Fashioned Pea Salad, Cherry Fluff and Ranch Cauliflower Salad.