Sweet and Tangy Macaroni Salad

    8 hours 30 minutes

    This macaroni salad has a perfect blend of sweetness and tartness, and it is so pretty with all of the multi-coloured veggies. Be ready for this to disappear before you put it on the table!

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    Serves: 16 

    • 1 kg uncooked macaroni
    • 4 carrots, grated
    • 1 large red onion, chopped
    • 1/2 green capsicum, seeded and chopped
    • 1/2 red capsicum, seeded and chopped
    • 1 cup chopped celery
    • 2 cups mayonnaise
    • 440ml sweetened condensed milk
    • 1/2 cup (125g) white sugar
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) white vinegar
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Preparation:30min  ›  Extra time:8hours chilling  ›  Ready in:8hours30min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Rinse under cold water and drain.
    2. In a large bowl stir together the carrots, red onion, green capsicum, red capsicum and celery. Mix in the mayonnaise, condensed milk, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. Add the macaroni, toss gently, cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. I usually make this a day ahead of time and stir it occasionally to blend the flavours. The macaroni will absorb some of the liquid.

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    Great recipe, with a few modifications: omit the 1/2 cup of sugar, as the condensed milk makees it plenty sweet enough. Add 1 tsp dry mustard, and 1 TBS paprika. I also added 3 chopped hard-boiled eggs once, and it tasted great!  -  20 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I made this macaroni salad for my daughter's figure skating competition. It was served to the coaches and judges. I have already gotten two requests for the recipe and I haven't even gotten my bowl back! One parent liked it so much, she took the rest home. I cannot stress how great this macaroni salad comes out. It is pefect for those occasions where you are requested to bring something, and you just don't know what to bring. TRY IT!  -  12 Oct 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    THE SWEET CREAMY TASTE was such a nice surprise when guests had their first mouthful of this salad! I did the lazy version---used a bag of frozen vegetables that included broccoli, red sweet peppers, sugar pod peas, etc. Then, I diced up some red onion and added shredded carrots. So simple ---but so good! I can't wait to bring it to another "shared dish" event so I can graciously accept all the compliments!  -  01 Oct 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)