Seriously Delicious Macaroni Salads to Complete Your Potluck Spread

Deviled Egg Macaroni Pasta Salad
Photo: Andy Lyons

When it comes to summer cookouts, finding macaroni salad on the table is almost as common as barbecue. The nostalgic side dish first gained its popularity back in the '60s, but it's definitely making a comeback. Here you'll find some delicious macaroni salad recipes to serve at your next picnic. Expect classic macaroni salads with mayo but also some unexpected twists featuring pesto, chicken, and more.

01 of 09

Classic Macaroni Salad

Classic Macaroni Salad in container with peas and radishes to side
Andy Lyons

You'll definitely score the vote for best macaroni salad when you bring this to your potluck. Our Test Kitchen's classic macaroni salad blends pasta with peas, radish, celery, and cubed cheese. Hard-cooked eggs and the signature creamy dressing bind it all together.

02 of 09

Deviled Egg Macaroni Pasta Salad

Deviled Egg Macaroni Pasta Salad
Andy Lyons

Two picnic favorites team up in this delicious macaroni salad with eggs. The rich dressing achieves the tangy relish flavor of classic deviled eggs by combining the hard-cooked egg yolks with mayo and quick-pickled onions. There's paprika, too!

03 of 09

Macaroni Salad with Dill and Ham

Macaroni Salad with Dill and Ham in bowl
Jason Wilde

All the classic macaroni salad ingredients are here, but we spruced things up with ham and fresh dill. This macaroni salad with ham is a great way to use up the leftover meat in the fridge (or freezer).

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04 of 09

Shrimp Boil Macaroni Salad

Shrimp Boil Macaroni Salad
Andy Lyons

When it comes to food mashups, this macaroni salad is hard to beat. Succulent shrimp, corn, and potatoes swim in a classic Cajun-spiced broth. Don't toss the cooking liquid—it's our secret ingredient for the irresistible dressing. This macaroni salad recipe can be made up to 24 hours in advance so it'll be ready to go at dinnertime.

05 of 09

Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad on yellow plate with pulled pork sandwich
Jennifer Levy

Lighten up your picnic plate with this healthy macaroni salad recipe. Instead of mayo, opt for plain yogurt or sour cream to achieve a creamy macaroni salad that only has 150 calories per serving. A squeeze of lemon juice, fresh spinach leaves, and tomato are added to the mix for freshness.

06 of 09

Italian Pesto Pasta Salad

Italian Pesto Pasta Salad
Andy Lyons

Add some green to your spread with our Italian-inspired take on macaroni salad. In only 30 minutes this top-rated BH&G pasta salad is infused with herbs and ready to serve. If you have extra time, try making your own basil pesto.

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07 of 09

Southwestern Chicken and Macaroni Salad

Southwestern Chicken and Macaroni Salad
Andy Lyons

This hearty chicken macaroni salad is good enough to serve as a meal. Salsa, roasted poblanos, and cream cheese combine for our rich Southwestern dressing. Crunchy chicken tenders and creamy avocado top off this seriously delicious macaroni salad recipe.

08 of 09

Fresh Macaroni Salad

Fresh Macaroni Salad in bowl
Jason Donnelly

Eat the whole garden in one dish thanks to this healthy macaroni salad recipe. Get a nice crunch from fresh broccoli, sugar snap peas, and green onion. We keep the calorie count down by using multigrain pasta and making the dressing with fat-free plain yogurt.

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Pea and Macaroni Salad

Pea and Macaroni Salad in white bowl
Bill Stites

It's all things green in this macaroni salad. Fresh pea pods, peas, and celery all go in the mix. The dressing gets a mighty kick from a bit of horseradish mustard.

Test Kitchen Tip: If your macaroni salad gets a little dry after chilling in the fridge, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk to moisten.

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