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This easy recipe for Sweet Macaroni Salad is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy! It’s a go-to recipe for parties, barbeques, potlucks and family gatherings!

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A white plate full of a pile of sweet macaroni salad

I love our definition of a salad here in the Midwest. Like really, let’s think about it….Snicker’s Salad? Yup. Strawberry Pretzel Salad? Love it. Jell-O Salad? Sign me up. What’s not to love?!

But when it comes to macaroni salads, I’m super duper picky. If it’s a goopy, mayo-saturated mac salad, it’s a quick pass for me. However, there’s one macaroni salad that I can’t pass up and it’s the Sweet Macaroni Salad I’m sharing with you today! It’s got the ideal texture and the perfect ratio of tang and sweetness!! And best of all? It’s EASY!!

sweet macaroni salad ingredients.

Macaroni Salad Ingredients

  • Elbow Macaroni
  • Onion (I like to use red onion for a little extra color!)
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sugar
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Vinegar

How do you make Macaroni Salad from scratch?

You guys, this recipe is SO simple. First, you’ll cook the noodles and combine them with the grated carrots and chopped onion. Then, you’ll whisk together the remaining ingredients and combine it with the pasta mixture.

To store this macaroni salad, keep it in a tightly-sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Two small white ramekins staked on top of each other. The top one is full of macaroni salad.

Other Salads & Side Dishes you might like!

Tortellini Pasta Salad brings a fun twist to a classic side dish! This pasta salad with Italian dressing is as easy as it gets and oh so tasty!

Mexican Street Corn Salad has grilled sweet corn, peppers, and onions tossed with a cilantro-lime dressing making it the perfect side dish (or chip dip!) for taco night!

Try these Best Ever Baked Beans and I can (almost) guarantee they’ll be the last bean recipe you will ever make!

A fork full of macaroni salad.

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Sweet Macaroni Salad

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
12 cups
This easy recipe for Sweet Macaroni Salad is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy!


  • 1 1/2 pound elbow macaroni cooked
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • One 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup vinegar


  • Place the cooked macaroni, onion and carrots in a large bowl; set aside.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, sweetened condensed milk and vinegar.
  • Pour dressing over the macaroni, onion and carrots and stir to combine.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 943IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 0.5mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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