This recipe includes all of the classic flavors of macaroni salad, and it has extra crunch from the load of raw vegetables. Be sure to mix the dressing and macaroni while the noodles are still a bit warm, because then the noodles absorb some of the dressing making every bite more flavorful.
Using the full cup of mayonnaise will produce a traditional macaroni salad. For a lighter dish, try starting with ½ cup of mayo.
I also sometimes lighten this by replacing up to 50% of the mayonnaise with light or regular sour cream. More sour cream than that lessens the creamy texture.
But a modest amount of sour cream allows me to keep the pasta well coated and moist without getting the greasy effect of too much mayo. So for this recipe, you might try ½ cup mayo plus ¼ cup sour cream.
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