Best Macaroni Salad

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."

Ingredients 4 h 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 437 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 437 kcal
  • 22%
  • Fat:
  • 23 g
  • 35%
  • Carbs:
  • 43.8g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 13.4 g
  • 27%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 28 mg
  • 9%
  • Sodium:
  • 359 mg
  • 14%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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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AK838
8/30/2005

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!

MOLSON7
4/10/2003

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

FRANCESBROWN
7/20/2003

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