Main Dish Macaroni Salad Recipe -
Main Dish Macaroni Salad Recipe

Main Dish Macaroni Salad

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"A nice dish to bring to a barbecue. Can be made the night before, but keep the tomatoes out until a couple hours before serving."

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Original recipe makes 6 to 8 servings Change Servings


  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. Drain, rinse, and drain once more. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, grated cheese, parsley, milk, and garlic. Mix well. Stir in pasta, ham, and tomatoes. Chill several hours.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 24, 2008

VERY GOOD. i omitted the tomato, added 1/4 cup each of finely chopped red and yellow peppers. added diced pepperoni, quartered black olives and at the very end i added 1/2 cup of shredded colby cheese. had to add extra 2 TBS of milk the second day fo refresh.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 07, 2003

This was good. The parsley added a good touch.


24 Ratings

Aug 19, 2005

Great pasta salad! I made it according to the recipe the first time--the second time I added sliced mushrooms and a little more garlic, yum. Thanks Jill.

Dec 11, 2007

I left out the tomatoes and parsley. Still tasty. Next time I will add the dill weed as someone else suggested.

Apr 15, 2010

This is very good. I cut the recipe in half for my family of 3. I used elbow macaroni and added some red pepper, which gave it a nice crunch. Also added a little pepper and used dry parsley rather than fresh. Very light and simple to make.

Feb 23, 2010

Really good recipe, will use it again, and simple too. Really liked the parsley and the tomatoes were a good touch. Only bad thing was too much mayo, used half the mayo the second time and came out much better, and could taste the other ingredients better.

Jul 03, 2003

This recipe is great. I started making this because I needed to have a simple pasta salad to make during the summer for lunch for my boyfriend Bryan, something that would hold up well for the whole week. This was perfect, and he loved it. Thank you Jill for submitting it.

Oct 16, 2008

My fiance makes this for me every time he wants to cheer me up... and it works! Amazing recipe! We omit the parsley and use diced cheese instead of grated. Sometimes we make it with elbow macaroni, instead of corkscrew.


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  • Calories
  • 342 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.2 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 29 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 28.7 g
  • 44%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 7.8 g
  • 16%
  • Sodium
  • 556 mg
  • 22%

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

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