Kara's Summer Salad


This is a refreshing and fulfilling pasta salad that has enough protein to be eaten alone as a small meal. The ingredients are more unique and sometimes healthier than many other macaroni salad dishes out there. This was created in my own kitchen recently, enjoy!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (12 ounce) package elbow macaroni

  • ½ (1 pound) package shelled edamame, or more to taste

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise, or more if needed

  • ¼ teaspoon celery seed

  • ¼ teaspoon paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 (12 ounce) can premium canned chicken, minced

  • 3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seed kernels, or to taste

  • ¼ cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • ¼ cup chopped green onions


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes; drain.

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook edamame in boiling water for 10 minutes; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain.

  3. Stir mayonnaise, celery seed, paprika, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl.

  4. Toss macaroni, edamame, chicken, eggs, sunflower seed kernels, Cheddar cheese, and green onion in a bowl; add mayonnaise mixture and stir to coat.

  5. Chill in refrigerator until cold, 30 to 60 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

483 Calories
20g Fat
47g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 483
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 150mg 50%
Sodium 504mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 13mg 65%
Calcium 147mg 11%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 491mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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