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A bowl of Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad

Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Total Time: 1 hour (includes cooling time)
  • Yield: 6 people 1x


This Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad is the perfect summer pasta salad.  It’s loaded with peppers, celery, onions, chunks of cheddar cheese and elbow noodles, all covered in a tangy sour cream dressing.




  • 4 cups of cooked elbow noodles (about 2 cups dried)
  • 1 bell pepper cut into small chunks
  • 2 celery sticks cut into small chunks
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 1/23/4 cup cheddar cheese chunks

Salad dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • dash salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper


  1. Cook the elbow macaroni according to package directions. Cool and rinse with cold water.
  2. Blend together the mayonnaise, mustard, sour cream, vinegar, sugar and salt & pepper.
  3. In a serving bowl, combine the noodles and chopped vegetables, then toss with the dressing.
  4. Let rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (1 hour or more is best).
  5. Serve and enjoy!

  • Category: Salad

Keywords: pasta salad, cheddar macaroni salad