Rainbow Macaroni Salad



Serving size

about 1 1/2 cups
30 minutes (does not include chilling time)

This recipe can easily be multiplied and makes great leftovers. This recipe is best if made at least the night before serving.

Rainbow Macaroni Salad


6 quart Water
4 ounce Whole Wheat Shells (or gluten-free pasta)
1 Large Red bell peppers (seeded and diced)
1 large Yellow bell peppers (seeded and diced)
3 Medium stalk Celery, raw (diced)
8 ounces Carrots, raw (peeled and diced)
1/2 cup chopped Fresh parsley (coarsely chopped)
1/4 cup Reduced fat mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 to taste Black pepper


Place a large saucepan over high heat.

When the water boils, add the macaroni and cook for about 12 to 15 minutes, until just al dente.

Drain the pasta, rinse in cool water and let cool for about 10 minutes in a large mixing bowl.

Toss the pasta occasionally to keep from sticking.

Add the red pepper, yellow pepper, celery, carrot, parsley, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper and fold together gently.

Chill well before serving.

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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free pasta in this dish, and check to make sure the mayonnaise is gluten-free.


This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

Macaroni salad is the mother of all picnic salads. This recipe is simple and basic, but it is comfort food at its finest and is sweet and crisp – so summery. You can vary the vegetables that you add to your salad and that’s where the endless variations begin, but in the end, this good, solid basic macaroni salad is always delicious.

"I really do believe that all of you are at the beginning of a wonderful journey. As you start traveling down that road of life, remember this: There are never enough comfort stops. The places you're going to are never on the map. And once you get that map out, you won't be able to re-fold it no matter how smart you are. So forget the map, roll down the windows, and whenever you can pull over and have picnic with a pig. And if you can help it never fly as cargo."

Jim Henson