Graduation Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Graduation Macaroni Salad Recipe

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Put this colorful creamy combination into the mix of dishes at your next get-together—and watch it disappear fast! Radishes, cucumber, green pepper and onion lend fresh garden flavor to the macaroni mixture. Remarks Edie DeSpain of Logan, Utah. "It also makes a nice light meal on a hot summer day." (For best results, unmold the salad just before serving.)
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1 package (7 ounces) elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped radishes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • Lettuce leaves and additional radishes


  1. In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients; set aside. In a bowl, beat cream cheese; add mayonnaise, relish and mustard. Fold into macaroni mixture. Press into a 6-cup ring mold coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Just before serving, unmold onto a lettuce-lined serving platter. Garnish with radishes. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Graduation Macaroni Salad in Country Woman May/June 1999, p26

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Reviewed Jul. 28, 2014

"This was the closest I have found to store macaroni salad. Everyone in the family enjoyed it. The mixture of textures was fantastic."

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2010

"Tasted good and did not add the salt. Reminded me of store made macaroni salad. Will make again for church gatherings. Thanks for the recipe."

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