Macaroni Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 2 hr 10 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Coarse kosher salt

One 16-ounce box elbow macaroni

1 cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese (4 ounces)

1/2 cup mayonnaise, or to taste

2 teaspoons celery seed

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, or to taste

3 carrots, shredded

3 celery stalks, very finely chopped

1/2 sweet onion, very finely chopped

Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the macaroni and cook until tender, about 10 minutes, or according to the package instructions. Drain well in a colander and rinse well under cold running water until cool. Shake well to remove excess water. Transfer to a large bowl. 
  2. Once the macaroni is cooled, add the cheese, mayonnaise, celery seed, mustard, carrots, celery and onions. Stir well to combine and season with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until cold, at least 2 hours. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt, pepper and mayonnaise just before serving.