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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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  • Calories:
  • 337 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 9.3 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 45.5g
  • 15%
  • Protein:
  • 16.5 g
  • 33%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 23 mg
  • 8%
  • Sodium:
  • 350 mg
  • 14%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  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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Lynne Hart Porter

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!


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!


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.