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.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente, rinse under cold water and drain.

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

437 calories; protein 13.4g 27% DV; carbohydrates 43.8g 14% DV; fat 23g 35% DV; cholesterol 28.4mg 10% DV; sodium 358.8mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (58)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/31/2005
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! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/11/2003
This was alright. I whisked together all dressing ingredients. I used real onion instad of minced.only cheddar cheese. Read More
(33)
77 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
08/31/2005
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! Read More
(44)
Rating: 3 stars
04/10/2003
This was alright. I whisked together all dressing ingredients. I used real onion instad of minced.only cheddar cheese. Read More
(33)
Rating: 4 stars
07/20/2003
This recipe was an instant hit at our cookout. Everyone was surprised tasting the ham & the cheese. It was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2003
This is the best ever. I personally don't like macaroni salad and never have but my boys like it. This recipe sounded pretty good. I tried it and tasted it to make sure there was enough salt and pepper. After that I didn't want to share it with anyone. It is so good and a meal in itself. If you view this recipe and don't try it, your out of your mind. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/10/2005
Although this does lack a lot of taste I love it for what it is: a light and fresh summer salad. I love how the mayo doesn't overtake it like many macaroni salads do and I'll just experiment a little with it next time for more flavoring. But all in all a great light salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2005
This disappeared quickly at the party I brought it to and my family liked it so much I made another batch at home. I did tweak it a bit - I eliminated the olive oil substituted 1 tsp. fresh chopped onion for the dried added diced red bell pepper blanched broccoli and spiced it up a bit with Old Bay Seasoning. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2003
DELICIOUS!! My son requested this for his birthday meal. He's 21 and very fussy. Great recipe and easy to make. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/30/2003
This semmed to be missing flavor. Was very bland. I did not like the cucumber in it. I will not make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/10/2003
Lots of crunchiness. My daughter loved it. Read More
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