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Traditional Macaroni Salad

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!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Macaroni Salad, Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Refrigerate 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 483kcal
Author Erica Walker


Optional mix-ins:


  • Prepare macaroni to al dente according to package directions. After macaroni is cooked, drain well and cool to room temp (see notes below).
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, mustard, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • In a large bowl toss macaroni with ham, cheese, peas, carrots, and other mix-ins.
  • Fold in mayonnaise mixture until pasta is well coated.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • 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!


Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 686mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2895IU | Vitamin C: 12.5mg | Calcium: 168mg | Iron: 1.2mg