Sweet Macaroni Salad

Sweet Macaroni Salad – seriously THE BEST macaroni salad EVER!! I took this to a potluck and it was the first thing gone. Everyone asked for the recipe! Can make this ahead of time and refrigerate overnight. Elbow macaroni, red onion, green bell pepper, carrots, sweetened condensed milk, mayonnaise, cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. This is our new favorite side dish!!! #sidedish #pastasalad #potluck 

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Pasta salads are a favorite in our house, and this Sweet Macaroni Salad is no exception! This has actually quickly become our go-to pasta salad. I like to make a big batch on Sunday for an easy side at lunch during the week.


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Now, the ingredients sound really crazy, but they taste amazing! A can of sweetened condensed milk gives the macaroni salad the sweetness. I know it sounds super weird, but don’t worry. The other ingredients really mellow out the sweetened condensed milk and there is really only a good hint of sweetness.


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This recipe makes a lot of pasta salad. It is perfect for potlucks and cookouts. You might be tempted to cut down on the sweetened condensed milk/mayonnaise mixture. DON’T. Once this sits in the fridge for a while the consistency is perfect. This is a great make-ahead side dish. We think it tastes better the day after it is made.

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Sweet Macaroni Salad

Yield: 12 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Sweet Macaroni Salad – seriously THE BEST macaroni salad EVER!! I took this to a potluck and it was the first thing gone. Everyone asked for the recipe! Can make this ahead of time and refrigerate overnight. Elbow macaroni, red onion, green bell pepper, carrots, sweetened condensed milk, mayonnaise, cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. This is our new favorite side dish!!! #sidedish #pastasalad #potluck

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16-oz) box elbow macaroni
  • 4 medium carrots, grated
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Instructions:

  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain.
  • Combine cooked macaroni, carrots, bell pepper and onion in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together mayonnaise, sweetened condensed milk, cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour over macaroni mixture and stir well.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.

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Comments

  1. I loved it but I think the cider vinegar (esp one cup was too much) I would leave it out completely or make it 1/4 cup, the smell of the cider vinegar turn me down later on.

  2. This sounds great.I wouldn't think it would need additional sugar unless its because of the cup of vinegar. I wonger if you could sub with celery and then add cooked chicken and maybe some cashews. I will try it just as the recipe says the first time. I never change a thing the first time I make a recipe. Only fair to the recipe's contributor.I once had a neighbor who made a recipe I gave her and changed 4 out of the 7 ingredients and then said,her family didn't really care for it.Thanks for the recipe. I love,love,love pasta salads.

    1. This is a really great macaroni salad. I would definitely recommend making it as written the first time, although your adjustments sound great!

  3. This was so good and a huge hit at our family gathering. Absolutely, make the night before as recommended. I used a large sweet red pepper instead. So much better than box or store bought pasta salad and takes so little time to put together. You could add more veggies or cheese though it’s so delicious as is.

  4. Wow!delicious! Just made for family reunion tomorrow but think I'll leave a small container for home! Love it, thank you! I did use celery instead of pepper and that works too.

  5. Isn't a whole cup of vinegar a lot??? Any substitute for the carrots? We usually put hardboiled eggs in ours. Curious to try it.

  6. I have this recipe in my box, it's the way I like macaroni salad. It will feed an army!!! It's a great summer salad.

  7. Where I come from this is affectionately known as Amish Macaroni Salad! I ADORE it, but can't do the green pepper; so I substitute celery!!!

    1. Yes! Same ???? also I dice very small the onion and celery. Want a neat twist? Make with farro instead of pasta.

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