Quick & Easy Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad is a classic summertime recipe that you’ll find at almost every picnic! This recipe has a basic macaroni salad base recipe along with lots of ideas for salad mix-ins. Keep it traditional, or get creative!

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Learn everything you need to know about making the best macaroni salad recipe. Plus, I’m including my favorite picnic recipes to serve with this macaroni salad so you’ll have no trouble at all putting together an entire picnic menu.


1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions for "al dente pasta."


2. After cooking, drain and rinse with very cold water to speed cooling and prevent continued cooking. Spread the macaroni out on a layer of paper towels. Pat dry.


3. In a large bowl, combine the lemon juice, mayonnaise, sour cream, dijion mustard, salt, pepper, and parsley. Whisk until combined.

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