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A spoon in a bowl of creamy macaroni salad.

Southern Style Macaroni Salad Recipe

This crowd pleasing Southern style macaroni recipe is a true family favorite! Macaroni pasta is tossed in a creamy mayonnaise sauce with crunchy veggies, crispy bacon and boiled eggs for one delicious side dish.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy macaroni salad, macaroni pasta salad, macaroni salad with bacon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 439kcal
Author Tanya


  • 8 oz uncooked elbow macaroni noodles
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey
  • 2 Tablespoons dill relish
  • ¾ cup of chopped sweet onion
  • ½ cup of chopped red bell pepper
  • cup of chopped celery
  • ½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup of diced green golden delicious apple
  • 6 strips of bacon cooked and chopped
  • 2 hard boiled eggs chopped (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Prepare elbow macaroni as indicated on the box, drain, and set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, add mayonnaise, yellow mustard, apple cider vinegar, honey, and dill relish. Stir until fully combined.
  • Add onion, red bell pepper, celery, cheddar cheese, apple, bacon, elbow macaroni, and egg (if using) to the large bowl. Stir until fully combined and all the macaroni noodles are coated with the mayonnaise dressing.
  • Salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy.


  • Cook the pasta al dente. If you overcook it, it can become too soft and mushy.
  • Let the pasta cool before tossing it in the dressing. If the mayonnaise is added to hot pasta it can separate.
  • If you are on a hurry, you can run the cooked pasta under a cold tap to cool it quickly.
  • Store covered in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.


Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 440mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 484IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg