Tangy and Creamy Macaroni Salad Recipe

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Photographs: Vicky Wasik

If you want nothing more than heavy, mayo-laden pasta, the ubiquitous deli macaroni salad is for you. This recipe, however, takes the standard and gives it a depth and tang that makes it stand out in a crowd.

Why this recipe works:

  • Boiling the pasta until very tender allows it to absorb the vinegar and dressing better; it firms up once cold so won't taste overcooked.
  • Sour cream, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, and hot sauce give this dressing more depth than the standard macaroni salad.
  • Celery, shallots, and scallions give a crunchy texture.

Recipe Facts

4.5

(13)

Active: 25 mins
Total: 95 mins
Serves: 8 to 10 servings

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Ingredients

For the Dressing:

  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 3/4 cup whole milk

  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon

  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce, preferably Texas Pete

  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

For the Salad:

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots

  • 4 scallions, finely sliced

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. For the dressing: Whisk together all ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.

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  2. For the Salad: In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until very tender, about 15 minutes. Drain pasta and transfer to a large bowl. Add vinegar and stir until completely absorbed. Let pasta stand until cool, about 10 minutes.

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  3. Add dressing and stir until well coated. Stir in celery, shallots, and scallions. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
373 Calories
29g Fat
22g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 373
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 38%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 582mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 142mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)