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Macaroni Bean Salad

Two types of store-bought beans, a convenient can of olives and lots of cheese make this easy pasta salad, shared by Sandra Gordon of Emmett, Idaho, a cinch to assemble at home. With a creamy dressing, it's a festive medley that's sure to earn praise at potlucks. TIP: Try other small pasta noodles, and for a fancier look, serve it on a bed of Bibb lettuce.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (4-1/2 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 3/4 cup garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup cubed Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup cubed Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Drain macaroni and rinse in cold water. Add to bean mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 258 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 719mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • galinthewoods
    Oct 8, 2012

    You definitely want to rinse the beans as the recipe directs so it won't be too salty with the seasoned salt mixed in. Recipe keeps well in fridge until you are ready to use it. The salad dressing and vinegar gave it a little bit of unexpected tang for my tasters, but they liked it.

  • ladybug810
    Apr 7, 2011

    I've made this fantastic salad countless times since 2005 when it was published in Quick Cooking. My husband and I love it and it's one of our all-time favorite recipes!

  • Dutaxa
    Jul 2, 2008

    Great recipe but too much for a family of 2. I made it with a can of mixed beans and 1 c. macaroni and it was great, leftovers for lunch.

  • Dutaxa
    Jul 2, 2008

    For just the 2 of us use 1 cup of macaroni and a can of mixed beans, great for a crowd 2 much for 2