Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad  3{A Pretty Life}

Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad

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.  Simple, quick and so delicious!

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When I think about summer foods and dishes served up with BBQ meats, I immediately think of pasta salads.  Pasta salads are the quintessential summer side dish.  I love the flexibility of the ingredients you can add to them, I love that they’re easy and quick to make, and you can’t beat the fact that most people happily eat them.  I know whenever there is a pasta salad on the table my family is guaranteed to eat it.

Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad {A Pretty Life}

This Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad is a simple as they get.  The ingredients are readily available, and are often on hand, making it a great last minute side dish.  And like I always try to promote, this dish can be tailored to your tastebuds.  Add broccoli if you like, or some cubes of cooked ham, or grape tomatoes.  Experiment and enjoy!

Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad {A Pretty Life}

Tonight I’m serving this with grilled chicken, but it would be great with hamburgers, kabobs or any BBQ meat that you like.  This recipe would also be great for potlucks or you could pre-make it and take it along on camping trips or picnics.

Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad {A Pretty Life}

And have we talked about this bowl yet?  We must.  I mean look at it…it’s turquoise and white and adorable!  I bought a set of 3 of these bowls from my friend Erin, and when I saw them I nearly fainted.  Ok, not really, but I did do a little happy dance.  They are vintage Pyrex and are in perfect condition…I love them.  And they’re perfect for this pasta salad…

Now on to this simple and delicious recipe.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Ingredients

    Salad:
  • 4 cups of cooked elbow noodles
  • 1 bell pepper cut into small chunks
  • 2 celery sticks cut into small chunks
  • 2 tbsp cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 - 3/4 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

Instructions

  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!
http://www.aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/creamy-cheddar-macaroni-salad/

Recipe adapted from the Talk About Good Cookbook

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Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad {A Pretty Life}

Have a delicious day!

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15 Comments

  • Reply Carlee @cookingwithcarlee May 17, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    Your pasta salad looks so pretty! I do love the versatility of pasta salads.

  • Reply Audra @ Renewed Projects May 17, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Macaroni salad is one of my summer favorites. I’ve never thought about putting sour cream in it…will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Lisa @ Fun Money Mom May 19, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    I love pasta salad and this looks delicious! It will be perfect for when we have friends over this summer! Thanks so much for linking up with #ShareTheWealthSunday!

    xoxo
    Lisa

  • Reply Debbie Caraballo May 21, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Hi, love this pasta salad! So colorful, and lots of great flavors. I own the Talk About Good cookbooks, 1 and 2, if it’s the same one you’re talking about. Love them! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Kim @ The Baking ChocolaTess May 22, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Love pasta salad and this one looks like a winner in my book! Pinning! Visiting from Home Matters Linky Party! Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Reply jessica knott (Swanky Recipes) May 22, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    This would make a great addition to summer backyard BBQ’s. Love how creamy it looks, pinned!

  • Reply Melissa Vera May 24, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    This salad looks scrumptious. Thank you for linking up on the #HomeMattersParty this week. Looking forward to seeing what you link up with next week.

  • Reply Tammy @ creativekkids May 25, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    I love summertime salads! Thank you for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I am finally getting around to pinning your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

  • Reply Tammay Ragan June 2, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    I have to try this salad. It looks yummy! Plus I love the bowl its pictured in! My late Mother has the same set of bowls which I used last week when I visited my Father. She bought them when I was a child. Thanks for the picture!

  • Reply Suz February 23, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    This macaroni salad looks really good! It’s a must make for this summer! I want to also tell you how much I love those bowls! They are beautiful, I love vintage Pyrex. Might just have to search to find where I can buy a set! Thank you!

  • Reply Marissa May 5, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    When do you add the mustard?!? Thanks!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife May 5, 2016 at 8:31 PM

      Hi Marissa! Mix it in at the same time as the mayonnaise! Sorry about that…I’ve fixed the recipe now! 🙂

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