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The Best Macaroni Salad

The Best Macaroni Salad

The best and most requested pasta salad recipe for any potluck, barbecue, party or family gathering

Author Sunup to Sundown


  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 4 carrots, shredded
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.  Add macaroni, cook until tender, about 8 minutes.  Rinse under cold water, and drain. 

  2. In a bowl, prepare the dressing.  Mix the mayonnaise, condensed milk, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. 

  3. In a large bowl, incorporate all vegetables, pasta, and dressing.  

  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. 

Recipe Notes

It's best to make this pasta salad up a day ahead of time, and stir it occasionally and before serving.  The macaroni will absorb some of the liquid.