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Quick Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Quick Macaroni Salad Recipe

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Since I am not particularly fond of potato salad, I have always loved this macaroni salad.—Carma Blosser, Livermore, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 3/4 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup cubed cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon diced pimientos
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (prepared with reduced-fat cheese and reduced-fat mayonnaise) equals 276 calories, 15 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 544 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 10 g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions, adding peas during the last two minutes of cooking. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Stir in macaroni and peas. Chill until serving. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Classic Macaroni Salad in Cooking for 2 Summer 2008, p21

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Reviewed Jul. 28, 2011

"This overall is a great macaroni salad. I doubled it and also added the ingredients which i put in my own salad: 1 tsp lemon juice, 1/4 tsp. celery seed & 1 tsp. sugar. It tasted just like mine that way, but with different ingredients. Even my 10 month old daughter loved it (she especially loved the cheese chunks!). The reason why I only gave it 4 stars is because I find macaroni salad dull that only has mayo, plus I like mine a little sweeter. But overall it's a good recipie!"

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"My family really loves this classic macaroni salad. Its easy to make and very quick to make too. Great for hot summer dish!"

Reviewed Jun. 13, 2010

"My family really liked this salad.

I will make it again."

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