Instant Pot Macaroni Salad

about the recipe

For a hassle-free way to make creamy and delicious macaroni salad, look no further than this Instant Pot Macaroni Salad recipe. Utilizing your pressure cooker, you can achieve perfectly cooked and tender noodles minutes, eliminating the need for constant supervision or stove monitoring. This recipe yields a creamy and flavorful salad that's perfect for any occasion.


– 8 ounces elbow macaroni – ⅔ cup mayonnaise or veganaise – 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar – 2 tablespoons pickle relish – 1 tablespoon yellow mustard – 1 teaspoon sugar – 1 teaspoon hot sauce – Salt and black pepper – 1 cup grated carrots – 1 cup grape tomatoes halved – ½ cup diced celery – 4 ounces grated cheddar cheese

– Pour 2 cups of water into your Instant Pot and add the macaroni noodles. Salt well.

– Close the lid, and make sure it is set to sealing. Set your Instant Pot to HIGH Manual Pressure for 3 minutes.

– When the time is up, do a quick release. Carefully remove the lid.

– Drain the pasta and rinse well with cold water. Return the pasta to the pot.

– While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, pickle relish, mustard, sugar, hot sauce, salt and pepper.

– Stir in the carrots, tomatoes, celery, and cheese. Stir in half of the pasta salad dressing into the pasta and veggies.

– Refrigerate the pasta salad and remaining dressing for at least an hour. Just before serving, toss the pasta with the remaining dressing.