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Easy Macaroni Salad

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5 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Serves 4 to 6
This easy macaroni salad recipe is a perfect summer side dish! Tossed in a lightly creamy, tangy dressing, it's fresh and delicious. Great for cookouts, picnics, or a make-ahead lunch!


  • Heaping ½ cup mayo or vegan mayo
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces dry elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • ¾ cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons capers or diced dill pickles
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mayo, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Cook the macaroni in a pot of salted boiling water until just past al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  • Add the macaroni to the bowl along with the red onion, red pepper, celery, peas, capers, dill, and parsley. Stir to combine and season to taste with more salt and pepper.