Deli Macaroni Salad

by CP on April 3, 2010

Macaroni Salad
In my opinion, macaroni salad is part of the mayonnaise side salad trinity along with coleslaw and potato salad.   I cannot recall a deli, diner or family picnic that did not have one (or all) of these salads available.  My version is lightened with yogurt and includes a hint of mustard. The green pepper and red onion provide great flavor and good color to the dish.


  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 8 ounces macaroni
  • ½ cup cheddar, diced small
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced small
  • ¼ cup green pepper, diced small
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (i.e. Frank’s Red Hot) (optional)


  1. Dice cheese, red onion and green pepper.  Set aside.

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  2. Cook macaroni according to directions. Drain and cool. (I cool the macaroni by tossing with ice cubes until it is cold.)
  3. Mix together hot sauce, yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt, black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder in a small bowl. Whisk until thoroughly blended.

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  4. Add all ingredients to bowl and stir to combine.
  5. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.

Serves 6-8

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1 Christie April 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Just in time for Easter dinner! Love the pictures and the directions!

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