Macaroni Pasta Salad with Mayo

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  • Cook time icon 15 minutes (active) plus several hours (chilling) Prep | 10 minutes Cooking
  • Servings icon 10 Servings
Macaroni Pasta Salad


  • 1 cup Duke's Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 8 oz. package elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • ½ cup sliced celery
  • ½ cup chopped green or sweet red pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • Chopped parsley for garnish, if desired


1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl and stir until smooth.

2. Add remaining ingredients, tossing to coat well.

3. Cover and chill for several hours.

4. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

Recipe Story

No summer cookout is complete without the classic, all-American macaroni salad with mayo. It’s a cool and creamy complement to just about anything off of the grill and has rightfully earned its reputation as a best-loved BBQ and picnic side dish. There are many different pasta salad recipes out there, but a simple macaroni salad with Duke’s is still the popular favorite. Our no-fuss, deli-style classic pairs tender elbow macaroni and crunchy veggies with a tangy Duke’s Mayonnaise dressing that takes this summer essential to the next level. It can be made ahead, travels well, and delivers a zippy and refreshing taste your guests are sure to enjoy.

This pasta salad with mayo is full of flavor and color. The key to a perfectly moist and uniform salad is to combine dressing ingredients in a large bowl before adding pasta and vegetables. Duke’s Mayonnaise combined with just a splash of vinegar and mustard brings a creamy depth and tang to the dish. Chopped celery, pepper and onion add a textural contrast to the tender macaroni and a burst of freshness in every bite. Refrigerate your mayo pasta salad for at least four hours or overnight, allowing the flavors to develop. If it needs a little freshening up before serving, simply toss with a spoonful of Duke’s and a few drops of cold water. Serve chilled and watch your guests enjoy spoonful after spoonful of this great American classic.

For a bit of a twist on the traditional macaroni salad with mayo, try our BLT Pasta Salad. It’s a savory and indulgent nod to the beloved BLT sandwich, bursting with tomatoes, crunchy romaine lettuce, creamy Duke’s Mayonnaise and plenty of crispy bacon.

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  1. This recipe was really tasty and tangy.

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