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Garden Macaroni Salad

 

 

Garden Macaroni Salad made with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, carrots and onions is the perfect summer salad.

This Garden Macaroni Salad made with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, carrots and onions is the perfect summer salad.

Are you entertaining this weekend? It seems like we have guests almost every weekend in the summer and this Garden Macaroni Salad is the perfect salad to make for a crowd. I originally shared this family recipe back in 2011 when I first started this blog and it also made it into my cookbook; as it’s one of our favorite staple summer salads.

I love this Garden Macaroni Salad because not only does adding fresh garden vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, carrots and onions give it a fresh taste and texture, it also gives plain macaroni salad some wonderful color.

Garden Macaroni Salad

This recipe  makes enough to serve 24 people (as a side salad), but sometimes when it’s really hot outside and we don’t feel like eating a heavy meal, I’ll make this salad and either add some grilled chicken (for me) or canned tunafish (for the family) for a complete meal.

I also suggest you only use Hellmann’s mayonnaise as stated, because I’ve tried it with other brands and to me a mayo based salad just doesn’t taste the same without it.

Garden Macaroni Salad made with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, carrots and onions is the perfect summer salad.

Speaking of entertaining, next week is GRADUATION WEEK (WHOO HOO!).  My mom is flying in from Florida so I’ll be taking the week off to prepare for her visit, do some last minute shopping for the graduation party and simply enjoy this momentous occasion in our family’s lives. ~Enjoy!

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4.41 from 5 votes
Garden Macaroni Salad
Prep Time
2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 25 mins
 
This Garden Macaroni Salad made with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, carrots and onions is the perfect summer salad.
Course: Salads
Servings: 12 Cups
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 1 lb . Elbow Macaroni
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 c . Red Onion, diced
  • 1/4 c . Carrots, diced
  • 1 Cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 3 Stalks Celery, diced
  • 2 c . Mayonnaise, I used Hellmann's
  • 2 tbsp . Distilled White Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp . Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • Kosher Salt & Black Pepper, as desired
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool.
  2. Place the pasta in a large bowl and add the tomatoes, onion, carrots, cucumber and celery.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar and parsley; then pour over macaroni.
  4. Mix well and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve chilled.
Recipe Notes

Calories 79, Fat 1.4g, Carbs 13.4, Fiber 1.5g, Protein 3.5g, Sugar .5g, Points+=2

Nutrition Facts
Garden Macaroni Salad
Amount Per Serving (24 g)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Beverley
    June 20, 2014 at 7:25 am - Reply

    I’m going to a BBQ Saturday night and now I’m making this yummy salad to take with. Have a great weekend filled with peace and love xoxo

  2. Bali Tour
    September 8, 2015 at 2:41 am - Reply


    very nice..
    Thank you for the recipe.. 🙂

  3. Cyn
    May 22, 2018 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    This salad is refreshing, exactly what I was hungry for. I went heavy on the veggies, left out the carrot, and went lighter on the pasta. I’ll make it again. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Wish I could add the photo of my salad.

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      May 23, 2018 at 6:39 am - Reply

      I’m so glad you liked the salad Cyn. It’s my favorite summertime salad. My family likes it with some tuna mixed in and I like to add leftover chopped grilled chicken. 🙂

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