Macaroni or Potato Salad With Easy Dressing

Creamy Potato Salad
Creamy potato salad. DebbiSmirnoff / Getty Images
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 8 to 12 Servings
Ratings (4)

This versatile salad can be made with cooked cooled macaroni or potatoes. This makes a big salad that will serve up to 12 people.

A combination of sour cream, salad dressing, and mayonnaise goes into the salad dressing and the salad includes onion, celery, sweet pickle and pimiento. Add chopped bell pepper, egg, cucumber, or other ingredients to this salad.

What You'll Need

  • Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Miracle Whip Salad dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Salad:
  • 8 cups cooked elbow macaroni (or 8 cups cubed cold potatoes)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet pickles
  • 2 tablespoons diced pimiento

How to Make It

In a medium bowl, combine the sour cream, salad dressing, mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

In a large serving bowl, combine the cold macaroni or potatoes with the finely chopped onion, chopped celery, sweet pickles, and pimiento. Add other chopped vegetables, if desired.

Add the dressing mixture to the potato or pasta mixture and stir gently until all ingredients are well coated.

Cover and refrigerate until serving time.

Expert Tips

Remember the 2-hour rule for hot and cold food. Never let food remain in the "danger zone" where foodborne bacteria can grow — between 40 F and 140 F — for longer than 2 hours. If the temperature is above 90 F, no longer than 1 hour.  Keep salads and other cold food in a refrigerator or cooler at or below 40 F until serving time and put leftovers away within 2 hours. 

Reader Comments and Suggestions

"The dressing is light and very versatile. Different herbs can be added for different flavors without the dressing overwhelming them. Yet the dressing has flavor on its own." Dollis

"I made this for the first time doubling the dressing but using ham, cheese, celery, boiled eggs, green onions, black olives and frozen peas. It was a smash hit! I had to pass out the recipe." M.S.

"My family is big on BBQs and I wanted to bring something that would turn into a family favorite. This is it! There's usually at least 10 of us at at any given time and this recipe made enough and then some. Everyone loved it. It's the perfect combination of sweet and tangy. Although I didn't have the celery so I used a green bell pepper. And I added some extra hard boiled eggs for flavor. Over all this was a big hit. I will bring this to every BBQ from now on. It's the perfect party pasta!" Kitty

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