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Macaroni Coleslaw

My friend Peggy brought this coleslaw to one of our picnics, and everyone liked it so much, we all had to have the recipe. —Sandra Matteson, Westhope, North Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 package (7 ounces) ring macaroni or ditalini
  • 1 package (14 ounces) coleslaw mix
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 medium cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) whole water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups Miracle Whip Light
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Transfer to a large bowl; add the coleslaw mix, onions, celery, cucumber, green pepper and water chestnuts.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Don't love Miracle Whip? Use mayonnaise instead.
  • Kool factoid: The term "coleslaw" is derived from the Dutch word "koolsla," literally translated as "cabbage salad." The term has evolved to refer to many types of crunchy, shredded-vegetable salads that hold up well after being dressed.
  • Nutrition Facts
    3/4 cup: 150 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 286mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


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    • Charnassi
      Sep 5, 2020

      Super salad. Wondered what I was going to do with the case of Kraft macaroni and cheese I bought from Costco because it had been “wonderful” when I was seven along with Spagetti O’s. I obviously didn’t grow up in a household where mom liked to cook. Anyway, the Kraft noodles were just the right size. I Like sweet dressings so Bottled poppyseed or the recipe from Joan’s Broccoli Madness go great. The packages of three color coleslaw make this super quick.

    • gremaux
      Aug 21, 2020


    • LBurkey
      Aug 17, 2020

      Pretty salad that is very tasty. Adding this to "family favorites"

    • leshrysa
      Jul 12, 2020

      This salad is a winner, I used a package of broccoli, carrot and cabbage mix and red pepper in place of the green. I also added craisins an used Maria callen

    • Peapod0114
      Jul 10, 2020

      This recipe was super good and easy. I believe the yield says twelve but I assure you it would serve many more. I brought this up to my cabin during the fourth of July and it really went well with every main dish we made. I didn't have cider vinegar or celery so i went without and I still thought it was delicious. I would definetely bring it to a potluck to share with friends.

    • chicagokathy
      Jul 3, 2020

      Great recipe! I make this a lot when I'm having a crowd for dinner. Start out with a very large bowl...I made a mistake in not realizing how much this makes and had to change bowls three times for everything to fit. The dressing is outstanding!

    • cooper_e
      Jun 21, 2020

      Man, this salad was awesome! I knew I would like it because of the ingredients but when my husband, whose system can’t tolerate lettuce, took a fork of it and liked it, I was definitely sold. To top off the flavors, I added raisins and it was a show stopper.

    • Kootchie
      Jun 21, 2020

      Sooo very good. Even better next day. Made for a friend of mine and she said the same things about it, oh and my husband also. I may even try to add some finely chopped broccoli to it also.

    • cindycb
      Jun 20, 2020

      made this last year 3 times and everyone loved it. The water chestnuts are in the asian food section, they really add a great crunch. I used mayo (dont like miracle whip). I make the day before.

    • kristen
      Jun 20, 2020

      We loved this recipe!!! I am going to try it and add some Dungeness crab or shrimp and make it a dinner.