American Pasta Salad

by | Mar 7, 2023 | Salad, Side Dish | 0 comments

American Macaroni Salad

Daymon Capers
Our American Pasta Salad recipe is a delicious and traditional dish that is perfect for a summer picnic or family gathering. The best part about this recipe is that you can easily add or remove ingredients to fit your personal preferences. Pepperoni Squares and/or Cheddar squares would be amazing. The salad is made with elbow pasta mixed with fresh and crisp vegetables all tossed in a mayo dressing. With its vibrant colors, textures, and flavors, this American Pasta Salad is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 286 kcal


  • 2 cups dry elbow macaroni cooked, rinsed, and drained
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion soaked in cold water for 5 minutes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup diced vine-ripened tomato optional
  • 1/2 cup prepared mayonnaise
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • In a large bowl, combine the macaroni, celery, onion, parsley and tomato, if using.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, vinegar, sour cream and salt.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and stir to combine.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve. Store covered in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.


Amount per serving
Calories: 286
Total Fat: 16.5g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Cholesterol: 10mg
Sodium: 292mg
Total Carbohydrate: 28g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 3g
Protein: 5g


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