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Macaroni Salad

This is not your classic southern Macaroni Salad! This Creamy Macaroni Salad is full of colorful and surprising veggies. Easy to make and perfect on the side of any weeknight meal!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best macaroni salad, creamy macaroni salad, easy macaroni salad recipe, how to make macaroni salad
Servings: 6


  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage (you can use packaged coleslaw mix)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • ½ cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Cook macaroni according to instructions on the package. Drain and rinse in cold water, Drain well.
  • Transfer macaroni to a salad bowl and stir in cubed cheddar cheese, celery, cabbage, bell peppers, and green onions.
  • In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, yogurt, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Whisk until combined.
  • Taste test the dressing and adjust accordingly.
  • Pour dressing over salad and toss until everything is combined.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  • Stir before serving.
  • Best enjoyed the same day but macaroni salad will stay good refrigerated for 3 to 5 days.