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!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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

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

Nutrition Facts

483 calories; 19.5 g total fat; 150 mg cholesterol; 504 mg sodium. 47.1 g carbohydrates; 29.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2013
This was really good! I did have to add a little more mayo (the warm pasta soaked it up) and omitted the hardboiled eggs (my husband doesn't like them) and the green onions. I added 1/4 tsp garlic powder as well after taste testing. I also added 3 stalks diced celery. This was a great lunch! (I didn't use quite as much edamame as called for because I had to shell mine and it was a pain it was a great addition though!) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2013
This was really good! I did have to add a little more mayo (the warm pasta soaked it up) and omitted the hardboiled eggs (my husband doesn't like them) and the green onions. I added 1/4 tsp garlic powder as well after taste testing. I also added 3 stalks diced celery. This was a great lunch! (I didn't use quite as much edamame as called for because I had to shell mine and it was a pain it was a great addition though!) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2013
This was really good! I did have to add a little more mayo (the warm pasta soaked it up) and omitted the hardboiled eggs (my husband doesn't like them) and the green onions. I added 1/4 tsp garlic powder as well after taste testing. I also added 3 stalks diced celery. This was a great lunch! (I didn't use quite as much edamame as called for because I had to shell mine and it was a pain it was a great addition though!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2017
I make this all of the time just not with the edamame. If we want it as a full meal I make it with grilled diced chicken but more times than not I use this as a standard macaroni salad and omit the chicken and edamame. It s always a huge hit! Also I use cubed Colby cheese (8oz block) instead of cheddar and typically more paprika and mayo. Such an awesome recipe!! Thank you!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2014
Delicious and simple to make! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2013
My son thought it had a delicious flavor and he is hard to please. This was our first time trying edamame and it is surprisingly good. Thanks for a great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2016
it was a little dry added more dressing but overall it was a good change from normal pasta salads Read More
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