Healthier Classic Macaroni Salad

Making this salad with less sugar and whole wheat noodles makes it a healthy treat for the entire family.

Original recipe makes 10 servings


4 cups whole wheat elbow macaroni
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1/3 cup white sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup grated carrot
2 tablespoons chopped pimento peppers

  • PREP

    20 mins

  • COOK

    10 mins


    4 hrs 30 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Rinse under cold water and drain.
  2. Mix mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Stir in onion, celery, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, carrot, pimentos, and macaroni. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight, before serving.


Calories: 281 kcal
Carbohydrates: 28.1 g
Cholesterol: 8 mg
Fat: 18 g
Fiber: 3 g
Protein: 4.2 g
Sodium: 530 mg