Easy Macaroni Salad: Classic Summer Potluck Recipe

Need a great side dish to bring to your next summer potluck or backyard barbecue with friends? This Easy Macaroni Salad recipe is a classic crowd pleaser!
Course Salad / Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword macaroni salad, pasta salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 250.41kcal
Author Carrie Ypma


  • 3 cups of elbow macaroni or mini penne
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup Diced Onion
  • 1 cup Miracle Whip or mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar
  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • Paprika to garnish optional


  • Fill a large pan with water and bring to a boil. Add 3 cups of macaroni or mini penne. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Drain the macaroni or mini penne in a colander and rinse with very cold water.
  • Dice carrots, celery and onion. Onion should be finely chopped. You want the flavor, but not large chunks.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine Miracle Whip or mayonnaise, mustard, garlic powder, salt, black pepper and sugar.
  • Add the carrot, celery and onion into the large mixing bowl and stir.
  • Peel the hard boiled eggs. Carefully slice two of them and set aside. Chop the remaining four eggs and add to the mixing bowl.
  • Pour macaroni or mini penne into the mixing bowl and stir until the macaroni is well coated.
  • Transfer the macaroni salad into a serving dish.
  • Place sliced eggs on top and sprinkle with paprika if desired.
  • Cover and refrigerate until you're ready to serve. Enjoy!


Calories: 250.41kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.91g | Protein: 10.45g | Fat: 5.66g | Saturated Fat: 1.55g | Cholesterol: 142.74mg | Sodium: 654.9mg | Potassium: 254.48mg | Fiber: 2.81g | Sugar: 7.2g | Vitamin A: 2946.64IU | Vitamin C: 2.08mg | Calcium: 43.74mg | Iron: 1.13mg