Macaroni salad version 2.0

If you’re looking for a classic macaroni salad, check out this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.

If you want to veer of the beaten path a little bit, I discovered this one  a few weeks ago from and have made it twice with rave reviews.


  • 16 oz dried macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 (12 oz) jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped kale
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 bunch scallions, finely chopped


Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water.

In a large bowl, mix the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, hot sauce, garlic, and salt and pepper. Pour the macaroni in the bowl; mix thoroughly.


Add peppers, kale, bacon, relish, and scallions. Toss well.



It tastes its best if you let it chill for a few hours or overnight before eating.


Makes 12 servings.

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