I was messin' around in my kitchen trying to put a twist on my traditional macaroni salad recipe. I tried several different dishes before I came up with this one. Now my friends and family can't get enough of it! I recommend making it a day ahead and chilling it overnight to really develop the flavors.

Sean

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
8 mins
additional:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 28 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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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta, but do not rinse. Let stand 5 minutes.

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  • To make the dressing, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Set aside.

  • Combine the onion, celery, bell pepper, carrots, and ham in a large bowl. Stir in the dressing. Add the pasta and toss gently to blend all ingredients. Chill at least 4 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

582 calories; protein 17.7g; carbohydrates 64.1g; fat 29.2g; cholesterol 43.9mg; sodium 1415.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2007
Great recipe. My parents loved this salad. It was a great little twist to a mac salad. I added some chedder and swiss cheese and mushrooms. I didnt like the mushrooms but the cheese was good. I plan on making this salad for a 4th of July party. Yes its that good. Although I only used about 3/4 of the dressing....so you could cut back on that a little. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/06/2007
A little too sweet for a pasta salad recipe. I tried making this recipe w/ only a 1/4 cup of sugar instead of the 2/3 called for, but I think if I'd make it again, I'd only use a tablespoon of sugar. Read More
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41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 2 stars
07/05/2007
A little too sweet for a pasta salad recipe. I tried making this recipe w/ only a 1/4 cup of sugar instead of the 2/3 called for, but I think if I'd make it again, I'd only use a tablespoon of sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2007
Great recipe. My parents loved this salad. It was a great little twist to a mac salad. I added some chedder and swiss cheese and mushrooms. I didnt like the mushrooms but the cheese was good. I plan on making this salad for a 4th of July party. Yes its that good. Although I only used about 3/4 of the dressing....so you could cut back on that a little. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2008
Thought this was a great recipe but added and adjusted a bit. I reduced the mayo and sugar some. I thought the texture and sweetness after refrigeration turned out just right. I also added olives cherry tomato hard boiled egg peas and a bit of pickle relish. I always sneak in as many veggies as I can for my family dinners. Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2007
I took some advice from other reviews when making this recipe. I cut down the sugar to about 4 tbsp and only used 1 tbsp of mustard. I added some colorful veggies and the salad turned out great. A nice tangy dressing everyone enjoyed it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2008
This pasta salad was AWESOME!! I had a Luau Themed Birthday Party for my boyfriend and made this for my food table. It was a complete hit!! Everyone was asking me where I BOUGHT IT!!! I told them I made it from scratch and they couldn't believe it. It was so good I made it again for 4th of July and it was a hit there too!!! Thank you soooo much!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2010
I love this recipe - with or without the ham (you can also sub chicken bacon pepperoni or whatever...) - everywhere I take this it is a hit. I did cut the sugar a bit - I use about 1/2 cup. This pasta salad is made all summer at my house:o) I vary the ingredients according to what I have on hand but the dressing is always the same minus a bit of sugar. You can put just about any veggie that you like in this and it's great. Cukes and red onion are a nice addition etc... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2011
My family really enjoyed this recipe. This was used as a main dish because of the added ham. The crunch in this gave it great texture and a pound of ham added the protein. I served this with steamed broccoli and rolls. The leftover kept nicely for about 3 days. Thanks Sean for sharing your recipe - it is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2012
I used cubed cooked chicken instead of ham and omitted the sugar and it was great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2011
I made this for a Labor Day gathering and my family loved it. I couldn't find a 16 oz. package of shells so I used two 7 oz. packages. I used yellow pepper instead of green and red onion instead of Vidalia onion. I lessened the salt and pepper and did not add ham. I will make this often. It's quick and easy. Read More
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