This may have some strange ingredients, but it is the only kind of macaroni salad I will eat! It started as a fourth grade experiment on trying to incorporate all five food groups into a simple, tasty recipe.

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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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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente. Drain, and cool.

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  • In a large bowl, mix the cooled pasta, creamy salad dressing, ranch dressing mix, tuna, Cheddar cheese, apple, carrot, and raisins. Chill 1 hour in the refrigerator before serving.

Nutrition Facts

336.5 calories; 16.5 g protein; 45.5 g carbohydrates; 22.9 mg cholesterol; 350.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2007
I loved this salad! Needed a recipe for a pot luck and decided to try this one. Only changes I made (because of what I had available) was to use chicken instead of tuna dried cranberries instead of the raisins and mayo instead of salad dressing. I had to make copies of the recipe for everyone at the pot luck....and now it is a favorite in many homes! Thanks for sharing this great recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/12/2008
I was really disappointed with this recipe. It was bland and no one in my family wanted to eat it which is rare because tuna/pasta salads usually are something I can get everyone to eat. I made it according to the directions (using whole wheat pasta) Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2007
I loved this salad! Needed a recipe for a pot luck and decided to try this one. Only changes I made (because of what I had available) was to use chicken instead of tuna dried cranberries instead of the raisins and mayo instead of salad dressing. I had to make copies of the recipe for everyone at the pot luck....and now it is a favorite in many homes! Thanks for sharing this great recipe! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2007
I loved this salad! Needed a recipe for a pot luck and decided to try this one. Only changes I made (because of what I had available) was to use chicken instead of tuna dried cranberries instead of the raisins and mayo instead of salad dressing. I had to make copies of the recipe for everyone at the pot luck....and now it is a favorite in many homes! Thanks for sharing this great recipe! Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
07/18/2005
Made this for a cook out made it for 20 people Everyone liked it. Would make it again. Increased the amount of carrot and raisins just for color. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2005
Awesome! I made one alteration I used ham flakes instead of tuna because we have people in our family who won't eat tuna. Terrific and easy to make! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2008
YUM! I needed to use up some cooked whole wheat farfalle (bow tie pasta) and wanted a salad with pasta and ranch so I did a search and this one came up. I'm glad I chose it! I did make some changes based on reviews and what I had on hand. I can't have store-bought Ranch Dressing so I make my own. Instead of using the salad dressing/mayo and the dry mix I just used an equal amount of already prepared Ranch Dressing. I used a can of chicken breast instead of tuna dried cranberries instead of raisens (rest of the family doesn't like them) and shredded the carrot. Since I didn't have tri-color pasta the salad needed some green so I added chopped parsely. I used a Fuji apple and sharp cheddar. Scrumptous! Thanks for the quick and easy and delicoius recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2011
Great salad to bring anywhere! I followed another reviewer's suggestion and added dried cranberries instead of raisins the whole 6oz package because they are tasty! I also used canned chicken because not many at my BBQ preferred the tuna. As a creamy salad dressing I used Ranch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2007
This recipe is great. I substituted dressing for reduced fat mayo tuna for canned salmon used whole grain pasta and cheddar for swiss. results were spectacular. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/06/2008
This was good but needed a little fixing up. After a night in the fridge all the dressing was soaked in by the pasta but I just poured some plain youghurt on it and that worked great. Also tossed in some extra raisins because it was a bit bland. Adding some mixed seeds also helps change it up. A nice pasta salad that I ate happily for an entire week for lunch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2010
Rave Reviews at our family BBQ tonight! Modifications: used the whole packet of ranch used some sour cream along with the mayonnaise. Omitted the raising and added a chopped yellow pepper. Truly delicious everyone had 2-3 helpings! THANKS! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2011
oooo very different I like it! I used mayo and I think you may need more than 1 cup since it really soaks into the pasta but what a great change to the same old mayo mustard vinegar recipe Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/12/2008
I was really disappointed with this recipe. It was bland and no one in my family wanted to eat it which is rare because tuna/pasta salads usually are something I can get everyone to eat. I made it according to the directions (using whole wheat pasta) Read More
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