Ham and Macaroni Salad

    4 hours 30 min

    A simply delicious pasta salad that combines macaroni with ham, Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, olive oil and vinegar. It's creamy but it's got a nice tang, too. The cucumber adds lovely crunch. Perfect to serve chilled for summer weekend barbecues in the garden!

    70 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 500g macaroni
    • 120g mayonnaise
    • 1/2 cucumber - peeled, seeded and chopped
    • 1 tablespoon dried onion
    • 110g diced ham
    • 120g grated Cheddar cheese
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:4hr chilling  ›  Ready in:4hr30min 

    1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook macaroni until al dente, rinse under cold water and drain.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, mayonnaise and mix well. Stir in cucumber, onion, ham and cheese. Mix well. Drizzle oil and vinegar over top and toss. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

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    This macaroni salad was delicious! I've sampled quite a few recipes from this website, but this was the first one I truly loved. My whole family loved it, including my mother who HATES mayonnaise. It was very light and flavorful, and didn't have the nasty aftertaste macaroni salad usually does. I did make a few changes though. I found that using only 1 tbsp of (extra virgin) olive oil and vinegar was sufficient. I also added a tsp of black pepper and half of 1/8 of a tsp of cayenne pepper to give it a little kick, and whisked all the dressing ingredients together before adding it to the macaroni mixture. I omitted the dried minced onion and cucumbers, and added some scallions along with celery and shredded carrots. 16 oz. of pasta turned out to be too much, so I only used 8. I will DEFINITELY continue to make this. Even if you're not a fan of the traditional macaroni salads, which are usually heavy, you will LOVE this!  -  30 Aug 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was alright. I whisked together all dressing ingredients. I used real onion instad of minced.only cheddar cheese.  -  06 Aug 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe was an instant hit at our cookout. Everyone was surprised tasting the ham & the cheese. It was delicious!  -  19 Aug 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)