Pea and Macaroni Salad


This side dish salad is popular at potlucks and picnics. This recipe makes enough for a crowd; take it to the next picnic or potluck.

Pea and Macaroni Salad in white bowl
Photo: Bill Stites
Prep Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 cup fresh pea pods

  • 8 ounce dried elbow macaroni

  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed

  • ½ cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

  • ½ cup dairy sour cream

  • cup milk

  • ¼ cup horseradish mustard

  • 2 garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • ¾ cup thinly sliced celery

  • 2 tablespoon chopped onion

  • Milk (optional)

  • Pea pods (optional)


  1. Remove tips and strings from pea pods. Cook macaroni according to package directions in lightly salted boiling water, adding pea pods and peas during last 1 minute of cooking. Drain and rinse. Halve pea pods diagonally; set pasta and pea pods aside.

  2. In a small bowl stir together mayonnaise, sour cream, milk, mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper; set aside.

  3. In a large bowl combine cooked macaroni, pea pods, peas, celery, and onion. Pour mayonnaise mixture over macaroni mixture. Stir gently to combine.

  4. Cover; chill 4 to 24 hours. Stir mixture before serving. If necessary, add additional milk (1 to 2 tablespoons) to moisten. Top with additional pea pods, if desired. Makes 12 to 16 side-dish servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

178 Calories
10g Fat
18g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 178
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 6.5mg 33%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 0.9mg 5%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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