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Mom's Macaroni Salad

Mom's Macaroni Salad


This is the salad my Mom has always made for us. It is zippy yet almost sweet. It is not the traditional creamy style but is made with a vinaigrette instead. It never hangs around very long at our place!

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Original recipe yields 8 servings



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  • Calories:
  • 252 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs:
  • 44.8g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 5.5 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 203 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Cook macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water
  2. In a small bowl mix sugar, parsley, vinegar, salt, oil, dried mustard, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  3. Combine onions, tomato and cucumber with macaroni. Pour dressing over noodles. Chill and serve.
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This salad was a hit both times I made it. The second time I made some chages that I think made it better: I used a pint of grape tomatoes cut in half, 1 red onion, and a green pepper. It gave it a little more color and texture. I also used bow-ties, which made it a little easier to handle, the macaroni is hard when you don't have anything to hold it together, and doubled the ground mustard for extra flavor. Very refreshing and perfect for a summer party!


I have served this salad many times, and always get asked for the recipe. It's a wonderful salad. The only thing I do different is that I substitute Tri Colored Rotini for the macaroni, and if making a 1 # box of Rotini, I triple the marinade portion, while adding appropriate vegetables for the size I am doing. It's worth trying.


This was a nice change from the mayo type macaroni salad. I had something similar to it in a restaurant and it was very tasty. I've made it a couple of times and will keep the recipe to make it again. I've also used the vinegarette dressing ingredients by themselves in some other dishes that are variations on the macaroni salad when I didn't have all the exact ingredients for this dish.