A tasty macaroni salad has long been a much-loved picnic and cookout dish. This macaroni salad is made with the addition of shredded cheese and ham, making it hearty and flavorful. Take it along to a potluck dinner or cookout.
Cooked peas or fresh cooked asparagus may be added for a bright spring salad.
- 2 quarts water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup uncooked macaroni
- 1 1/2 cups diced cooked ham
- 1 cup diced or shredded (large shred) Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped pimento
- 1/4 chopped green onion or red onion
- 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
- Salt to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Fill a medium saucepan with water and add 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring the water to a full boil over high heat and then add the macaroni. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, following the package directions. Pour the macaroni into a colander and rinse under cold running water. Drain thoroughly.
- In a large bowl, combine the macaroni with the diced cooked ham, shredded cheese, celery, bell pepper, pimiento, and green onion. Toss to blend the ingredients.
- In a small bowl, combine the relish, mayonnaise, and mustard. Add the dressing mixture to macaroni and vegetable mixture; stir gently to blend.
- Taste and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed.
- Chill and serve.
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Safety Notes for Cookouts and Picnics
- If you are taking the salad to a picnic or cookout, make sure it stays at a temperature of 40 F or lower before serving time. A good cooler packed with ice should be sufficient. If at all possible, nestle serving bowls on a bed of crushed ice. Serve the salad and make sure to refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours. If the temperature is 90 F or above, refrigerate leftovers within 1 hour.
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|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||42 g|
|Saturated Fat||15 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||11 g|
|Dietary Fiber||3 g|