Macaroni & Cheese Salad combines elbow macaroni, cheese cubes, celery, red onion, Dijon mustard, mayo, sour cream, salt, pepper, and sugar.

Macaroni & Cheese Salad

Macaroni & Cheese Salad is a great side dish for lunch or dinner.

This Macaroni & Cheese Salad is really easy to make! It is great with a lot of different main dishes and even sandwiches. This would also be good to take to a potluck or family gathering.

I usually make it as a side dish to go with dinner and then we eat it with lunch or as a snack for the next day or two.

Macaroni & Cheese Salad combines elbow macaroni, cheese cubes, celery, red onion, Dijon mustard, mayo, sour cream, salt, pepper, and sugar.

The idea to put cheese in my macaroni salad comes from my sister-in-law. I watched her make it when my husband and I first got together and loved the idea. I used sharp cheddar cheese, but you could use any cheese you like.

Macaroni & Cheese Salad combines elbow macaroni, cheese cubes, celery, red onion, Dijon mustard, mayo, sour cream, salt, pepper, and sugar.

I chose to use a mixture of mayonnaise and plain lowfat yogurt. I love doing that because it makes it a little better for us and gives a little bit of tangy-ness to the sauce.

The mayonnaise that I use for just about everything is the type made with olive oil. I really like the taste of it and the fact that, overall, it is better for us than regular mayo.

Macaroni & Cheese Salad combines elbow macaroni, cheese cubes, celery, red onion, Dijon mustard, mayo, sour cream, salt, pepper, and sugar.

Macaroni & Cheese Salad would go great with this Honey Lime Chicken or this Arby’s Grilled Chicken & Pecan Salad (Copycat). If you would like a pasta salad that is mayonnaise free then check out this Garden Pasta Salad.

Macaroni & Cheese Salad

Macaroni & Cheese Salad combines elbow macaroni, cheese cubes, celery, red onion, Dijon mustard, mayo, sour cream, salt, pepper, and sugar. Related

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 10m
  • Total Time: 25m
  • Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup celery, chopped (about 2 stalks)
  • 1/2 cup cheese chunks
  • 3 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Cook macaroni for the minimum amount of time specified on the package. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. In a small bowl mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, Dijon mustard, sugar, pepper, and salt until combined. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine the macaroni, cheese chunks, celery, and onion. Add the sauce and stir to combine.

Macaroni & Cheese Salad combines elbow macaroni, cheese cubes, celery, red onion, Dijon mustard, mayo, sour cream, salt, pepper, and sugar.

6 Comments

  • Julie Doss January 1, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Looks pretty close to Granny’s but I like to add bacon or pre diced ham chopped up in mine because of meals not a meal without meat for me LOL

    Reply
    • Mindy Boyd January 2, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      We usually eat this as a side dish to grilled meats, that way all we have to do is grill the meat, which takes like 10 minutes. But, bacon or ham would be a great addition. Thanks

      Reply
  • Sharmila -The Happiefriends Potpourri Corner October 25, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    This would make a comfort meal to me.. Love those bowl used for platting..

    Reply
    • Mindy Boyd October 26, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Thank you so much!

      Reply
  • Angie@Angie's Recipes October 19, 2016 at 4:46 am

    I love all sorts of salads…this looks so comforting and homey, Mindy.

    Reply
    • Mindy Boyd October 20, 2016 at 1:26 am

      Thank you!

      Reply

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