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A close up of a bowl of coleslaw with macaroni and slices of cucumber.
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Macaroni Coleslaw

A delicious mash-up of two summer classics - macaroni salad and coleslaw. This Macaroni Coleslaw is loaded with texture and great flavor!

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time0 mins
0 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 227kcal


  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1 (14 ounce) package tri-color coleslaw mix
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium English cucumber, chopped
  • 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped

Coleslaw Dressing:

  • 1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook macaroni according to the package directions. Immediately after cooking drain and rinse in cold water until cooled. Transfer the well-drained macaroni to a large bowl and add the coleslaw mix, onions, celery, bell pepper, cucumber, and water chestnuts.
  • Add the mayonnaise, vinegar, 3 tablespoons sugar, lemon juice, salt and pepper to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Taste and add additional sugar if you want a sweeter dressing. Pour about 3/4 of the dressing over the salad and toss to coat well. Cover and refrigerate the salad and remaining dressing separately for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.
  • Just before serving, toss with as much of the remaining dressing as you feel it needs.


Total time does not include chilling time.


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 16.8mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.6mg