grandma’s creamy cucumber macaroni salad

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This creamy, dreamy macaroni salad is a combination of the classic, simple macaroni salad and fresh cucumber salad! This is one of those salads you can almost always find at our family gatherings in the summertime. You’re going to love the simple, minimal ingredients and how well it goes with all of your favorite picnic foods and grilled fare!

for the salad:

1 lb. elbow macaroni, prepared al dente/firm

2 large cucumbers (any type)

1 small onion, chopped

2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic

Prepare macaroni according to package directions for al dente or firm pasta. Drain well and rinse under cold water until pasta is cold. Drain well a second time and transfer pasta to a large mixing bowl or food container with a tight fitting lid. Peel cucumbers, split them in half horizontally and remove all the seeds. Slice cucumber halves into 1/2 inch thick pieces. Add them to the macaroni. Stir to combine. Toss in the onion and garlic. Mix so everything is evenly incorporated.

for the dressing:

1 cup sour cream (not low fat, and not yogurt)

1 cup real mayonnaise

3 Tablespoons Dijon mustard

4 Tablespoons dill pickle juice OR white vinegar

1/2 cup freshly grated OR powdered Parmesan cheese

3 Tablespoons sugar

3 Tablespoons fresh or dried dill

1 teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Place all dressing ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour dressing over macaroni salad. Mix well. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.






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  18 comments for “grandma’s creamy cucumber macaroni salad

  1. Danielle
    September 13, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I love Macaroni salad ,and so does the husband I am defiantly going to try this .. I am a salad person so I will try anything new thanks

    • Melissa
      September 14, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Enjoy! šŸ™‚

  2. Shay
    September 21, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Sounds Delious

  3. heather
    September 24, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Your blog says “do not rinse in cold water”, yet these directions say rinse. ???????

    • Melissa
      September 25, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Where do I say “don’t rinse” in this post? I don’t understand the question.

  4. Emily K
    September 29, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    This looks pretty yummy. I make a cucumber salad with sour cream, vinegar, salt and sugar, but I like the idea of incorporating the pasta, mayo and dill. Will have to try it!

    • Laura
      July 26, 2020 at 8:33 pm

      Same here. I’m definitely trying this.

  5. Candace Deoliviera
    October 26, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I made this and it was delicious best macaroni salad I’ve ever tasted

    • Melissa
      November 2, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Whoa! That is quite the awesome compliment! šŸ™‚ Thank you so much for trying my recipe. I’m happy you like it. And, thank you for stopping by and letting me know. XO ~M

      • Carolyn Grimm
        January 20, 2020 at 8:04 am

        Just made it for dinner tonight. Letting it chill all day. When I got it all made and tasted it. I added more mayo and pepper really good but Iā€™m a mayo freak. More mayo just made it better thanks for the recipe. I will definitely be making it again. Going to have it with meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

  6. Tammy Sierra
    June 30, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    I Absolutely love this salad. It is so GOOD I will be making it again and again. To of my favorites cucumbers and macaroni. Thanks for sharing your recipes!!šŸ˜€ā¤

    • Melissa
      July 6, 2018 at 11:02 am

      So happy you like it! It’s a favorite in our house too šŸ™‚

  7. Lisa Fetter
    August 31, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Iam going to be making the salad at the Alpena senior citizens center on this Tuesday coming up. It looks like a good one.

  8. Deb
    January 17, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    No mayo?

    • Melissa
      January 23, 2020 at 9:42 pm

      there’s a cup in there.

  9. Jennelle
    April 12, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Husband loved it! Thats all I need to make it again.

  10. Julie
    July 27, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Melissa! Just making sure it is 3 Tablespoons of dried dill and not teaspoons. Original recipe stated 3 Tablespoons of fresh dill, or three tablespoons of dried dill. Thanks so much! Julie

    • Melissa
      July 29, 2020 at 9:39 am

      Hello, Julie! I almost always use fresh dill for this… and I use the same amount if it’s dried. I adore dill. If you think the 3T dried may be too much, start with a teaspoon or two and taste it. If it seems good, then don’t add more. Hope that helps! XO ~M

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