Family-Favorite Hearty Macaroni Salad Recipe

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My grandmother, Marguerite Lemire, makes this old-fashioned side dish for every family function. This hearty chilled salad has classic ingredients plus a bit of vinegar to give it zing.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 block (8 ounces) cheddar cheese, dice
  • 2 cups Miracle Whip
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 420 calories, 30g fat (7g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 622mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; rinse in cold water and drain. Refrigerate until chilled. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; stir in macaroni. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Macaroni Salad in Down the Aisle Country-Style 2000, p41

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