PointsPlus Classic Macaroni Salad Recipe

PointsPlus Classic Macaroni Salad Recipe
Staff Writer
Classic Macaroni Salad


Classic Macaroni Salad

If you're just learning how to cook, this classic macaroni salad recipe will be your perfect start. For extra texture, add some diced tomatoes.,


  • 8 ounces uncooked macaroni, elbow-variety
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt, or to taste (for cooking pasta)
  • ½ cup reduced-calorie mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespon red wine vinegar 
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup celery, chopped 
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon parsley, fresh, chopped 
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt, or to taste  
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste 


Cook macaroni in salted water according to package directions; drain and transfer to a large bowl.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard. and garlic powder; stir mixture into cooked macaroni. Fold in celery, onion, and parsley; season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm or chilled. 

Classic Macaroni Salad Shopping Tip

Buy lettuce that is crisp and free of blemishes.

Classic Macaroni Salad Cooking Tip

Before dressing, keep your salad chilled in the refrigerator to stay crisp.