Macaroni Salad in a bowl being scooped with a wooden spoon

Mom’s Macaroni Salad

This is the perfect Traditional Macaroni Salad. It's loaded with ham, cheese, and veggies, in a creamy dressing. Perfect for BBQs and Potlucks!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS (with Amazon Links)

Optional mix-ins:


  1. Prepare macaroni to al dente according to package directions. After macaroni is cooked, drain well and cool to room temp (see notes below).
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, mustard, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  3. In a large bowl toss macaroni with ham, cheese, peas, carrots, and other mix-ins.
  4. Fold in mayonnaise mixture until pasta is well coated.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit overnight.
  6. If the salad seems a little dry after setting up overnight, add some milk a little bit at a time until salad becomes nice and creamy again.


This is the perfect, traditional macaroni salad. Always a favorite at BBQs, potlucks, and family gatherings! Trust me, it is the best!