Classic macaroni salad


  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • Paprika, for garnish (optional)


  1. Cook the macaroni according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked macaroni, chopped eggs, onion, celery, and red bell pepper.
  3. In a separate small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  4. Pour the dressing over the macaroni mixture and toss until everything is evenly coated.
  5. Cover and refrigerate the macaroni salad for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.
  6. Before serving, give the salad a final toss and sprinkle with paprika for a decorative touch if desired.

Feel free to customize this recipe to your liking by adding additional ingredients like diced ham, shredded cheese, or chopped pickles. Enjoy your classic macaroni salad!

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