How to Keep Macaroni Salad Moist

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Things You'll Need

  • Olive oil

  • Creamy dairy salad dressing base, such as sour cream and mayonnaise

  • Plastic storage container with an airtight lid

Classic macaroni salad is moist and flavorful.

Macaroni salad is a picnic and casual dinner staple, typically made with elbow-shaped noodles, but you can substitute the classic pasta salad with farfelle, fusilli or penne. Macaroni salads can also contain a variety of savory ingredients, such as fresh peas, tomatoes or bell peppers, hardboiled eggs or pickles. Traditional pasta salads are known for their rich, dairy-based sauces and creamy consistencies. Keep your macaroni salad moist and flavorful by adding the right ingredients and storing it properly.


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Step 1

Cook the macaroni noodles until they are "al dente," drain them in a colander and rinse with cool water to remove any excess starch. Pour the noodles into a mixing bowl and toss them with a little olive oil, which will keep the pasta from sticking and prevent them from soaking up the rich dressing.


Step 2

Create a rich pasta salad dressing using a creamy dairy base, such as sour cream and mayonnaise. For example, use enough base, such as 1/2 mayonnaise and 3 tbsp. of sour cream per two cups of pasta, to thoroughly coat the noodles. Add more mayonnaise or sour cream to adjust the salad and amount of dressing to your liking.


Step 3

Store the macaroni salad properly to keep it from drying out. Transfer the salad to a plastic container featuring an airtight lid prior to storing it in your refrigerator.


When preparing to serve the macaroni salad, if it appears too dry, extra dressing can be added.