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!
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)