Clean Eating Traditional Macaroni Salad Recipe

Traditional Macaroni Salad Recipe

A delicious, traditional pasta salad that's great for summer barbecues and gatherings.

Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Calories 256 kcal
Author The Gracious Pantry


  • 1/2 lb. dry whole grain macaroni or elbow pasta, cooked to package directions.
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion (chopped fine)
  • 2 large celery stalks (chopped fine)
  • 2 oz. black olives (sliced)
  • 4 large hard boiled eggs (chopped fine)
  • 1 small red bell pepper (chopped fine)
  • 1/4 large english cucumber (chopped fine)
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed, chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (no sugar added if store bought)
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
US Customary - Metric


  1. Cook the pasta to package directions.

  2. While the pasta cooks, finely chop the onion, celery, olives, eggs, bell pepper, cucumber and parsley.

  3. Drain the pasta, let it cool a bit and then stir in all the ingredients, adjusting to taste as needed. I didn't think it needed salt, but feel free to add it at the end if you feel it does. 

Recipe Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition Facts
Traditional Macaroni Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 255mg11%
Potassium 192mg5%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 696IU14%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.