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Rating: 4.32 stars
31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0

My family is from Chicago. This is one of my grandma's best recipes that's been handed down. Kids love it because of the cheese cubes! It's a great potluck dish because it has a lot of color! I use salad macaroni because of its small size.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Fill a pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the salad macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink, and rinse with cold water until chilled. Drain again to remove excess water.

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  • Place macaroni, broccoli, Cheddar cheese, green pepper, pickle relish, dill pickle, celery, black olives, green olives, green onion, carrot, and pimento in a salad bowl, and toss lightly to combine. In a bowl, whisk together the light mayonnaise, mustard, salt, sugar, and black pepper to make a smooth dressing; pour the dressing over the salad, and lightly mix to coat all ingredients with dressing. Refrigerate at least 4 hours to blend flavors before serving.

Nutrition Facts

197 calories; protein 6.4g; carbohydrates 26.8g; fat 7.4g; cholesterol 10.4mg; sodium 1143.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2011
This is a great "take to a picnic" salad. There are never any left overs. Anything left in the dish at the end of the meal always goes home with soneone at the picnic. I have to make a double batch so the grandkids will have some to eat at home. This is a very forgiving recipe. You can use any vegetables you like. I have used cauliflower asparagus purple onions jack cheese and hotter peppers. I always try to use what is in season and freshest and this salad is always always a hit. The grandkids even use it as a snack after school. What more can you ask? Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/07/2012
I was not a huge fan of this pasta salad:( Too mustardy maybe? Maybe it's just my personal taste but something just didn't click for me... Read More
(2)
31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2011
This is a great "take to a picnic" salad. There are never any left overs. Anything left in the dish at the end of the meal always goes home with soneone at the picnic. I have to make a double batch so the grandkids will have some to eat at home. This is a very forgiving recipe. You can use any vegetables you like. I have used cauliflower asparagus purple onions jack cheese and hotter peppers. I always try to use what is in season and freshest and this salad is always always a hit. The grandkids even use it as a snack after school. What more can you ask? Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2011
This is wonderful. I usually go for the sweet pasta salads but this one has changed my mind. The only thing I changed was I used baby bowties...I just thought they were cute. I would suggest letting salad set up in fridge for a bit to really get the flavors going. Love it and making it again tonite!! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
02/29/2012
This was really good. I did everything as written except I used red bell peppers instead of green because it was all I had on hand. I liked the bit of color that the red added to it so I plan on keeping it that way the next time I make it. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2011
This is my new macaroni salad recipe! It was sooo good! Great to make for bbq's in the summer.. I left out the green and black olives carrot and pimento peppers. Other than that I stuck to the recipe and it was yummy. thanks for sharing your recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2011
This is my kind of macaroni salad - no vinegar mixed with the mayonnaise!! I hate vinegar. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2012
I made this recipe without altering the ingredients at all and it was wonderful as is. It was for a large birthday party and several people asked me for the recipe afterwards. It's a bit different from what we're used to in this area but delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2012
This is a WONDERFUL recipe! Made it for my granddaughter's graduation party & it was a hit! Tripled the recipe & didn't make any changes other than I added some mushrooms. Very flavorful dressing. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2012
We loved this! My kids even asked for seconds. I left out the black olives green olives and pimento peppers only because i didnt have any...and it was still fabulous! I will add this to my recipe box....very good! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2012
Made this for an office luncheon (they are my guinea pigs for new recipes - LOL) and received nothing but rave reviews from EVERYONE (40 women)! This is a refreshing change from your normal run of the mill pasta salads. After my success at work tried this out on my family and WOW! It's now added to the family recipe book - LOL Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/07/2012
I was not a huge fan of this pasta salad:( Too mustardy maybe? Maybe it's just my personal taste but something just didn't click for me... Read More
(2)