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Macaroni salad in a white bowl with a green napkin

Mom’s Macaroni Salad

This is the perfect macaroni salad. It's loaded with ham, cheese, and veggies, in a creamy dressing. Perfect for BBQs and potlucks!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Salad, Macaroni Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Refrigerate 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 425kcal
Author Erica Walker



  • Prepare macaroni to al dente according to package directions. After macaroni is cooked, drain well and cool to room temperature.
    Cooked elbow macaroni in a glass bowl
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, mustard, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.
    Macaroni salad dressing in a small bowl
  • In a large bowl toss macaroni with ham, cheese, peas, carrots, and other mix-ins.
    Macaroni salad toppings in a white bowl
  • 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.
    Macaroni salad in a white serving bowl



Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 823mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2752IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg