This is the BEST Tomato Black Olive Macaroni Salad with a simple creamy mayonnaise dressing, a perfect summer side dish!
Macaroni salad with tomatoes
When the weather gets warmer, I’ll be outside and take advantage of the sun. I especially love a good al fresco summer BBQ and this Creamy Macaroni Salad with Tomatoes is perfect for the occasion. It’s my favorite piece all summer! Some other delicious pasta salads that you should try are these Summery macaroni salad with tomatoes and zucchini, BLT Macaroni SaladAnd Tuna and Macaroni Salad without Mayonnaise.
This easy macaroni salad recipe is great for parties. You can prepare it the day before to save time on the day of your event. All you have to do is boil the pasta and then stir it all together. I usually mix the summer tomatoes with the other ingredients in a bowl while the pasta cooks. The tomatoes release their juice and make the sauce creamy and savory.
- Pasta: Uncooked elbow macaroni, wheat or gluten free
- Vegetables: Ripe tomatoes such as plum, vine, or Campari tomatoes, sliced black olives, and chopped red onion.
- Herbs and spices: Garlic powder, dried oregano, salt (or adobo seasoning salt), and black pepper
- Salad dressing: Mayonnaise and white vinegar (optional, add a few dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce)
How to prepare the best macaroni salad
The combination of these flavors just works! You can see my suggestions below, but I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. How to do it:
- Cook the macaroni in salted water according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, tomatoes (and all of the tomato juice), olives, onion, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
- When the noodles are done, add them to the bowl and mix well.
- Serve immediately at room temperature or chill in the refrigerator for later serving. If you serve it later, you may need to add more mayonnaise.
- Add cucumbers, red peppers or celery for more veggies and crunch
- You can use whole wheat macaroni for more protein and fiber or gluten-free macaroni for a gluten-free macaroni salad.
- Use apple cider vinegar instead of white
What to serve with the macaroni salad
Should You Rinse Pasta Before Making Macaroni Salad?
Yes, it’s best to rinse hot pasta with cold water before making macaroni salad. If you eat your pasta cold, e.g. in a pasta salad, you should normally rinse them in cold water immediately after cooking. The cold water will stop the cooking process, cool the noodles and prevent the noodles from clumping.
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Yield: 7 portions
Serving size: 3 /4 cup
Bring a large saucepan with plenty of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook according to package directions.
Drain and rinse under cold water.
In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, tomatoes (and all the juice from the tomatoes), olives, onion, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
When the noodles are done, toss them in and serve immediately at room temperature or chilled.
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Portion: 3 /4 cup, Calories: 125 kcal, Carbohydrates: 21.5 G, Protein: 3.5 G, Fat: 3.5 G, Saturated Fatty Acids: 0.5 G, Cholesterol: 2.5 mg, Sodium: 165.5 mg, Fiber: 1.5 G, Sugar: 0.5 G