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Chef John's Classic Macaroni Salad
  • Ingredients for 12 portions:
  • 1 pound (4 cups) uncooked elbow macaroni, cooked in well-salted water
  • For the dressing:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise, plus an extra spoon as needed
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 or 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 cup green onions, white and light parts
  • 1 cup finely diced celery
  • 3/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper (I used poblano and jalapeno)
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
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