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Southern Macaroni Salad

Southern macaroni salad is a vibrant combination of elbow macaroni and crisp veggies bound together by a distinctive slightly sweet southern dressing
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword How Do I Make Southern Macaroni Salad, How To Make Southern Macaroni Salad, Southern Macaroni Salad, Southern Macaroni Salad Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 1104kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 1 pound uncooked elbow macaroni
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 -14 ounce sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 large red onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add macaroni and cook until al dente, about 9 minutes.  Rinse under cold water to stop cooking then drain well.
  • In a medium bowl make a dressing by whisking together mayo, condensed milk, vinegar, paprika, mustard, salt and black pepper until smooth
  • In a large bowl add the cooked pasta, onion, green and red bell peppers, celery and whisked dressing.  Fold gently until well combined.  Refrigerate overnight and serve.


Serving: 1/6 of the recipe | Calories: 1104kcal | Carbohydrates: 110g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 504mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 1395IU | Vitamin C: 43.1mg | Calcium: 257mg | Iron: 1.7mg