Chock-a-block macaroni pasta salad

    35 min

    The savoury richness of Cheddar cheese balanced by the tartness of cider vinegar adds a beautiful blend of flavours to the mayonnaise mixture of this yummy chilled macaroni salad. Packed with veg like green pepper, celery, tomatoes and onion, this is a gorgeous pasta salad for picnics at the park or barbecues with your mates!

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    Serves: 6 

    • 160g macaroni pasta
    • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
    • 120g grated Cheddar cheese
    • 75g chopped green pepper
    • 30g chopped celery
    • 20g thinly sliced spring onion
    • 8 cherry tomatoes
    • 250g mayonnaise
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente, rinse under cold water and drain.
    2. In a large bowl, combine pasta and vinegar. Mix well and allow to sit 15-20 minutes.
    3. Add cheese, peppers, celery, spring onions, tomatoes, mayonnaise and seasonings. Mix well and refrigerate until chilled.

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    I made this salad for a family birthday party and it was a HUGE hit! I added some grated carrots to the recipe and it was a great compliment to the other veggies. Also I cut the tomatoes into quarters and it added lots of colour to the salad. My mom said she will never be able to buy macaroni salad again from a store again.  -  15 Jun 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This has become a favorite in my household. We add a tad more cheese--ok alot but we LOVE cheese. I also have to credit the author for my learning to make Beau Monde seasoning, but that's another story!  -  23 Oct 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Great pasta salad. I don't like a strong vinegar taste so, I almost left it out. I'm glad I didn't because the salad was great! Kids loved it too! I'lldefinitely keep this one.  -  15 Oct 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)