Easy creamy curried macaroni salad

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Macaroni salad is the perfect side dish for casual summer eating. This easy creamy curried macaroni salad recipe is a twist on an old classic.

Easy creamy curried macaroni salad

Macaroni salad/Noodle salad/Pasta salad. Whatever you call it, I love it. Macaroni salad reminds me of my childhood and hot summer days spent with family. I’m pretty sure my mom was the queen of all macaroni salads when I was young because hot damn, that woman knew how to knock one together. And because of that, macaroni salads were a staple at pretty much all of our braais (barbecues/cook outs/summer gatherings).

This creamy curried macaroni salad is an amalgamation of two of my favourite childhood salads. My mom’s macaroni salad and her curried rice salad. Rice salads are an odd thing to me. I could never totally wrap my brain around them but my mom always made her curried rice salad for Christmas day and slowly but surely I fell in love with it. The flavours of my mom’s rice salad might seem odd to a lot of people but I promise, it just works.

Easy creamy curried macaroni salad

How to make macaroni salad

Afrikaans people have a special talent for working sweetened condensed milk into savoury foods. It’s very weird. But in this salad, it is genius. The condensed milk adds serious creaminess and just the right amount of sweetness to the curried salad dressing. (So no need to add honey or other sweeteners usually used in mayo-based dressings.)

Another weird ingredient in this salad? Canned peaches. Again, Afrikaners have this way of adding fruit to everything. Something I usually don’t agree with, but again, here it just works. The peaches (feel free to use fresh if you want) compliment the aromatic dressing so well and the bell pepper, cucumber and celery add serious crunch. (If the thought of fruit in a macaroni salad gives you the heebie-jeebies, just leave it out or replace with orange bell pepper.)

So I took my mom’s old school rice salad and replaced the rice with al dente macaroni and you guys. It is so delicious. I would be lying to you if I told you I didn’t eat most of this bowl by myself. It’s honestly such a great salad to take to pot luck dinners and will be the star of the show at any of your summer parties (um, hi 4th of July)! Also, keep a little to one side because this salad is unbelievably good the next day.

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Easy creamy curried macaroni salad

Macaroni salad is the perfect side dish for casual summer eating. This easy creamy curried macaroni salad recipe is a twist on an old classic.
Course Easy Recipe, Macaroni salad, Pasta, Salad, Summer
Cuisine American
Keyword Macaroni salad, Pasta salad, salad, Side dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 387kcal
Author Alida Ryder


  • 500 g/1lb macaroni cooked
  • 2 red bell peppers chopped
  • 1 cucumber peeled and seeded, chopped
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 3 celery sticks finely chopped
  • 1 x 400g/14oz can peaches drained and chopped

for the dressing

  • cups mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-2 teaspoons curry powder to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • pinch of cayenne pepper optional
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice to taste
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Combine the cooked macaroni with the remaining salad ingredients.
  • Stir together all the dressing ingredients.
  • Pour ¾ of the dressing over the salad and mix well. Reserve the rest of the dressing.
  • Place the macaroni salad in the fridge and allow to chill for an hour (alternatively, you can make this the day before. Cover with plastic wrap and chill.)
  • Just before serving, pour over the remaining dressing and mix well.
  • Serve.


Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 18.1% | Vitamin C: 41.6% | Calcium: 4.8% | Iron: 5.8%

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  • Schmidt

    I fixed this for our 4th of July get together, and it was a hit. I barely had enough leftover for my
    lunch the next day. Definitely a keeper!

  • María

    Looks amazing! Still I`m not convinced with the peaches (even when i love mango in salads).
    Thanks for this recipe 🙂

    • Alida Ryder

      If you like mango in salad, I’m pretty sure you’ll love the peaches too. But mango would work great too! 🙂

  • 2pots2cook

    Simply delicious 🙂 Pinning ! Thank you for this beauty !

  • Cori @ Sweet Coralice

    Ditto. I love Macaroni Salad. Almost any of them to be honest. This one looks amazing and I will be saving to Pinterest for later ?

  • Christi

    This salad looks so intresting. Adding it to my must-try list.

  • Janette

    My mom also made a rice salad like that with tinned peaches and a curry mayo sauce. I love that you changed it to a macaroni salad because I can’t stand cold rice. Such a nice idea!

    • Alida Ryder

      So glad you like the idea of this salad Janette. I also prefer the macaroni, to be honest.

  • Camilla

    That salad looks delicious! It’s so hot in the U.K. at the moment so I’m definitely making it over the weekend.

  • Janet Perry

    This sounds fantastic, and just the way my husband will love it – thanks!

  • Reply

    Interesting list of ingredients Alida, but this macaroni salad sounds absolutely delicious. I love the addition of the curry (my favorite!). I’ll need to included this one at our next BBQ!

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