Five Food Groups Macaroni Salad Recipe -

Five Food Groups Macaroni Salad

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"This may have some strange ingredients, but it is the only kind of macaroni salad I will eat! It started as a fourth grade experiment on trying to incorporate all five food groups into a simple, tasty recipe."

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente. Drain, and cool.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the cooled pasta, creamy salad dressing, ranch dressing mix, tuna, Cheddar cheese, apple, carrot, and raisins. Chill 1 hour in the refrigerator before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 17, 2007

I loved this salad! Needed a recipe for a pot luck, and decided to try this one. Only changes I made (because of what I had available) was to use chicken instead of tuna, dried cranberries instead of the raisins and mayo instead of salad dressing. I had to make copies of the recipe for everyone at the pot luck....and now it is a favorite in many homes! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 12, 2008

I was really disappointed with this recipe. It was bland and no one in my family wanted to eat it which is rare because tuna/pasta salads usually are something I can get everyone to eat. I made it according to the directions (using whole wheat pasta)


20 Ratings

Oct 27, 2005

Awesome! I made one alteration I used ham flakes instead of tuna, because we have people in our family who won't eat tuna. Terrific and easy to make!

Jul 18, 2005

Made this for a cook out, made it for 20 people Everyone liked it. Would make it again. Increased the amount of carrot and raisins just for color.

Jan 29, 2008

YUM! I needed to use up some cooked, whole wheat farfalle (bow tie pasta) and wanted a salad with pasta and ranch, so I did a search and this one came up. I'm glad I chose it! I did make some changes based on reviews and what I had on hand. I can't have store-bought Ranch Dressing, so I make my own. Instead of using the salad dressing/mayo and the dry mix, I just used an equal amount of already prepared Ranch Dressing. I used a can of chicken breast instead of tuna, dried cranberries instead of raisens (rest of the family doesn't like them), and shredded the carrot. Since I didn't have tri-color pasta the salad needed some green, so I added chopped parsely. I used a Fuji apple and sharp cheddar. Scrumptous! Thanks for the quick and easy and delicoius recipe!

Aug 31, 2011

Great salad to bring anywhere! I followed another reviewer's suggestion and added dried cranberries instead of raisins, the whole 6oz package because they are tasty! I also used canned chicken because not many at my BBQ preferred the tuna. As a creamy salad dressing, I used Ranch.

Mar 18, 2007

This recipe is great. I substituted dressing for reduced fat mayo, tuna for canned salmon, used whole grain pasta, and cheddar for swiss. results were spectacular.

Apr 06, 2008

This was good but needed a little fixing up. After a night in the fridge all the dressing was soaked in by the pasta, but I just poured some plain youghurt on it and that worked great. Also tossed in some extra raisins because it was a bit bland. Adding some mixed seeds also helps change it up. A nice pasta salad that I ate happily for an entire week for lunch.


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  • Calories
  • 337 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 45.5 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 23 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 9.3 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 2.8 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 16.5 g
  • 33%
  • Sodium
  • 350 mg
  • 14%

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

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