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Quick Macaroni Salad

You can't go wrong with this time-tested winner. Here it is pared down for two.—Carma Blosser, Livermore, Colorado
  • 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


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions, adding peas during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  • In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Stir in macaroni and peas. Chill until serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 276 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 544mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • PageRD
    Apr 24, 2020

    This was a big hit in my household. It is perfect for two people and a tasty side for any meal. I added a bit more salt for my personal taste but otherwise I wouldn't change a thing.

  • Lorryfran
    Aug 10, 2016

    This was delicious. I added a bit of mild red chilli to give it a little heat. Will be a keeper.

  • shessuchariot
    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!

  • sunnynsher
    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!

  • StMA
    Jun 13, 2010

    My family really liked this salad.I will make it again.