Instant Pot Easy Macaroni Salad

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Our flavor filled Instant Pot easy macaroni salad recipe features a homemade dressing mixed with pasta, crunchy vegetables, and cubed cheddar cheese!

Whoa, it’s been awhile since we’ve done a pressure cooker recipe. Since it’s getting closer to Summer, Kim and I have been brainstorming ways to use this kitchen gadget for Spring and Summer dishes.

During the Winter, Instant Pot recipes are easy. But, you really have to think about things once, “warm and comforting,” meals are no longer desired.

Kim is far better at these kinds of recipes than me. This Instant Pot easy macaroni salad recipe is her creation, and we’ve recently added an Instant Pot potato salad to the mix, too!

I tried the end product and it was good. Also, I applaud her ingenuity in getting a stove-top macaroni salad recipe to work in a pressure cooker.

With that being said, there are simple, stove-top directions in the tips section of the post. No matter how you chose to make it, we think you’ll enjoy it.

Now, on to the cooking!

A big bowl of macaroni salad with a mayo based dressing.

Instant Pot Easy Macaroni Salad Instructions:

Alright, this one is a bit lengthy, so I’ll try to paraphrase Kim’s directions from the recipe card.

To begin, as always, I recommend prepping your veggies before hand. Furthermore, you could even make the dressing and store it in your fridge, but that’s up to you.

The main thing is make sure your peas have been thawed and drained before you begin the recipe!

Dry macaroni, a trivet and two eggs, sitting in the pressure cooker.

Once the everything is prepped, place the pasta, trivet, and eggs into your pressure cooker. Seal it, and set it to cook for five minutes.

Then allow for another five minutes to complete a natural release. After that, place the pasta and eggs into an ice bath to chill for about (guess what?) five minutes.

When both ingredients have been properly chilled, drain the water away from the pasta and put it back into the Instant Pot.

The vegetables have been added to the pressure cooker for mixing.

Peel and dice the eggs and if you haven’t done so already, dice or cube the celery, cheese, onions, and peppers. Now, you can toss everything into your pressure cooker liner.

I mean everything, the macaroni noodles, the eggs, all of it. Again, if you haven’t made your dressing, you can do so now.

In a bowl combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, pepper, and Dijon mustard. Whisk it all together and pour it into the liner as well.

The ingredients have been combined with the dressing in the pressure cooker.

Afterward, you can use a spatula or wooden spoon to stir in the dressing. If you want, you can serve it right away or chill it before serving.

It’s up to you. That’s it, your Instant Pot easy macaroni salad recipe is done.

For more detailed instructions, please see the recipe card below. In regards to tips, you’ll always find them just before the recipe card.

Large white bowl filled with macaroni salad.

Instant Pot Easy Macaroni Salad Tips:

  • Want your macaroni salad to have even more flavor? Then consider adding bacon, cubed ham, green beans, or even tri-color peppers.
  • To reduce the time for this recipe, I would recommend prepping your vegetables (dicing the onions and peppers, etc.), while the pasta noodles cook and cool.
  • This recipe can be done on the stove-top. Simply boil the pasta per the box instructions, hard-boil two eggs, and give both an ice bath. After they’ve cooled, drain the pasta, peel and chop your eggs (along with the rest of the veggies and cheese), make your dressing, and combine everything in a large mixing bowl.
White bowl filled with macaroni salad.

Instant Pot Easy Macaroni Salad

4.7 from 11 votes
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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Come to Pressure/Release: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings

Ingredients

Salad

  • 8 ounces elbow noodles, uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed and drained
  • ¾ cup red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • cup purple onion, diced
  • ¾ cup sharp cheddar cheese, cubed

Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place macaroni noodles into the Instant Pot. Pour the water. The water should come just above the noodles (add more water if needed). Add a trivet that sets above the water line. Place the eggs onto the trivet.
    8 ounces elbow noodles
    2 cups water
    2 large eggs
  • Close the lid, and set the valve to sealing. Use the manual (pressure cook) button to adjust the time to 5 minutes. After 5 minutes is up, turn off the Instant Pot, but allow a 5 minute natural release before opening the valve to release any remaining pressure.
  • Open the lid. Immediately place the eggs into a bath of ice water, and remove the trivet from the Instant Pot. The eggs should stay in the ice bath for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, leave the macaroni noodles in the liner, but remove the liner from the Instant Pot. Set it on a heat-safe surface. 
  • Place several ice cubes and cold water into the liner along with the noodles. Stir the noodles to disperse the ice and cold water (this will shock the noodles and stop the cooking process). 
  • Pour the noodles into a colander to drain off the liquid. Make sure they are well drained. Otherwise, the macaroni salad will be watery. Use a clean towel or paper towel to dry out the inside of the liner. Then transfer the drained noodles back into the liner.
  • Peel the eggs and dice into small chunks. Add the egg pieces, peas, bell pepper, celery, onions, and cheese to the noodles. 
    1 cup frozen peas
    ¾ cup red bell pepper
    ½ cup celery
    ⅓ cup purple onion
    ¾ cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • In a separate small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing mixture over the noodles and vegetables. Stir to combine.
    1 cup mayonnaise
    2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
    ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Transfer to the refrigerator to chill or serve immediately! This dish is best eaten cold and should not be consumed if left out at room temperature. 

Notes

The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of a half a cup of pasta. Actual calories will vary.
The macaroni salad can be stored in your fridge in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 527IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of Berly’s Kitchen and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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8 Comments

  1. Made this for Labor Day, and it was a hit. The macaroni and egg both cooked perfectly. And I’d like to say that your recipe is extremely well written. I love that you’ve quantified everything, it’s easy to follow, and it really leaves nothing to the imagination.

    1. Thank you, Pat! Kim and I are so happy the macaroni salad worked perfectly for you. We try to cover as many bases as we can when writing the post. Thank you again for coming back to comment on and rate the recipe card. Have a lovely day 🙂

  2. Made this for Labor Day, and it was a hit. The macaroni and egg both cooked perfectly. And I’d like to say that your recipe is extremely well written. I love that you’ve quantified everything, it’s easy to follow, and it really leaves nothing to the imagination.

  3. Made this for Labor Day, and it was a hit. The macaroni and egg both cooked perfectly. And I’d like to say that your recipe is extremely well written. I love that you’ve quantified everything, it’s easy to follow, and it really leaves nothing to the imagination.

  4. I made this recipe for our cookout yesterday’s and everyone loved it!! It was gone in minutes! Thank you so much!

    1. Thank you for coming back to comment on the macaroni salad, Lori! Kim and I are happy everyone enjoyed it. Have a lovely Monday 🙂

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