Easy Macaroni Pasta Salad

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Easy Macaroni Pasta Salad

The last several days have been absolutely gorgeous here. Mid-60’s to low 70’s. Bright and sun-shiny with a little breeze. And not a single bug in sight. It has been so hard for me to focus on the task at hand. That task being packing an entire house and being ready to move in about 2 weeks. But I just can’t help it. It’s just so beautiful!!!

Of course, days like this only make me think of the hot summers and cold dishes of my past. And being Southern means that there is a whole lot of cold macaroni salad in my past. Although I have always loved the creamy texture of the pasta salads of years ago, I was always a little turned off by the super sweetness of it all. For some reason, I just don’t really like sweet pasta salad. I prefer the tang of citrus or vinegar over the gobs of sugar you find in the typical summer salad.

So, this Easy Macaroni Pasta Salad is something of a compromise. It’s got mayonnaise in it ( because I love mayo!) and a good hit of lemon, but I left the sugar out because I’m sweet enough. Just ask my husband. Right honey?


Anyway, this pasta salad will keep in the fridge for up to a week and goes great with just about anything, but especially barbecued pork, hamburgers, and grilled chicken.

*Note* If the macaroni salad seems to dry out in the fridge, add in a splash or two of milk before serving.

Easy Summer Macaroni Salad

Easy Macaroni Pasta Salad

Easy Macaroni Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: make ahead
Cuisine: american
Servings: 10
Calories: 126kcal


  • 16 oz . macaroni cooked and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup lite mayo
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 leaves stalks of celery plus the celery , finely chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 t . salt
  • 1 t . black pepper


  • In a large bowl, whisk together mayo, lemon juice, 1 t. salt and milk.
  • Stir in chopped veggies and parsley and mix well.
  • Stir in cooked macaroni and toss until well coated.
  • Season with remaining salt and pepper and more lemon juice if needed. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until chilled. Serve and enjoy!
  • *Note* If the macaroni salad seems to dry out in the fridge, add in a splash or two of milk before serving.


Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 590mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 43.8% | Vitamin C: 17.7% | Calcium: 2.5% | Iron: 2.9%
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Easy Macaroni Salad


Jodie is a wife, mom, writer and lover of chickens and gardens. She runs her family's winery by day and cooks and writes by night.

This Post Has 17 Comments
  1. Ohhh I have not had or made pasta salad in ages! And this one sounds good – really, really good!
    And you are right, the days here in Florida have been awesome too… the only bad side, most o them are spent INSIDE at WORK – boo hoo!

  2. Jodie you are making me crave summer so bad!  This looks delicious!  I think macaroni salad is one of those things that gets better with age…if it lasts that long around here.  

    Hey I thought of you,  This month’s Southern Living has the most perfect dish for your Tuna Tuesday.  It was tuna patties like hamburgers but tuna on buns.  It looked so good.  You should see if you can find it.  If not I’ll type up the recipe for you and email it to you.  Anyway, made me think of you. ;o)

    Heather @At The Picket Fence

    1. I’ll have to get that one. I’m always looking for new tuna recipes. Unless of course you would like to do a guest post for me while I am moving. 🙂

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