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Best Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Best Macaroni Salad

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"Very easy and delicious! I am constantly asked to bring this salad to parties and picnics. The cheese and ham are key additions to an old favorite."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins
  • READY IN

    4 hrs 30 mins

Directions

  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente, rinse under cold water and drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, mayonnaise and mix well. Stir in cucumber, onion, ham and cheese. Mix well. Drizzle oil and vinegar over top and toss. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 30, 2005

This macaroni salad was delicious! I've sampled quite a few recipes from this website, but this was the first one I truly loved. My whole family loved it, including my mother who HATES mayonnaise. It was very light and flavorful, and didn't have the nasty aftertaste macaroni salad usually does. I did make a few changes though. I found that using only 1 tbsp of (extra virgin) olive oil and vinegar was sufficient. I also added a tsp of black pepper and half of 1/8 of a tsp of cayenne pepper to give it a little kick, and whisked all the dressing ingredients together before adding it to the macaroni mixture. I omitted the dried minced onion and cucumbers, and added some scallions along with celery and shredded carrots. 16 oz. of pasta turned out to be too much, so I only used 8. I will DEFINITELY continue to make this. Even if you're not a fan of the traditional macaroni salads, which are usually heavy, you will LOVE this!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 10, 2003

This was alright. I whisked together all dressing ingredients. I used real onion instad of minced.only cheddar cheese.

 
Jul 20, 2003

This recipe was an instant hit at our cookout. Everyone was surprised tasting the ham & the cheese. It was delicious!

 
Feb 14, 2003

This is the best ever. I personally don't like macaroni salad and never have but my boys like it. This recipe sounded pretty good. I tried it and tasted it to make sure there was enough salt and pepper. After that I didn't want to share it with anyone. It is so good and a meal in itself. If you view this recipe and don't try it, your out of your mind.

 
Jul 10, 2005

Although this does lack a lot of taste, I love it for what it is: a light and fresh summer salad. I love how the mayo doesn't overtake it, like many macaroni salads do, and I'll just experiment a little with it next time for more flavoring. But all in all, a great light salad.

 
Sep 06, 2005

This disappeared quickly at the party I brought it to, and my family liked it so much I made another batch at home. I did tweak it a bit - I eliminated the olive oil, substituted 1 tsp. fresh chopped onion for the dried, added diced red bell pepper, blanched broccoli, and spiced it up a bit with Old Bay Seasoning.

 
Dec 16, 2003

DELICIOUS!! My son requested this for his birthday meal. He's 21 and very fussy. Great recipe and easy to make.

 
Dec 30, 2003

This semmed to be missing flavor. Was very bland. I did not like the cucumber in it. I will not make this again.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 437 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 43.8 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 28 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 23 g
  • 35%
  • Fiber
  • 1.9 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 13.4 g
  • 27%
  • Sodium
  • 359 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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