For the perfect, all-purpose macaroni salad, look no further than this easy recipe. Our version of the staple summertime side dish delivers everything you love about a classic, creamy pasta salad, but with an extra touch of vibrancy. Chopped bell peppers deliver colorful, sweet crunch while cream cheese provides a tangy depth, and fresh dill lends a flavorful kick of freshness. Whether you’re heading to a picnic or potluck-style barbecue, a large bowl of this macaroni salad will always be more than welcome. 

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Credit: Caitlin Bensel; Prop Styling: Christina Daley; Food Styling: Robin Bashinsky

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active:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Yield:
Serves 16 (serving size: 1 cup)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.

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  • Combine mayonnaise, cream cheese, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper in a food processor. Process until smooth, about 1 minute.

  • Place pasta, bell peppers, celery, and dill in a large bowl. Add dressing; toss to combine.

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