Cheesy Vegetable Macaroni Salad Recipe

2013-07-17
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  • Servings : 6 to 8
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 25m

Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    252
  • Total Fat

    12.0 g
  • Saturated Fat

    4.9 g
  • Cholesterol

    21 mg
  • Sodium

    252 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates

    28.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber

    1.9 g
  • Protein

    7.9 g
  • Vitamin A

    9%
  • Vitamin C

    17%
  • Calcium

    11%
  • Iron

    8%
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This macaroni salad recipe is just a bit different.

It adds a few vegetables for extra nutrition and crunch and some grated cheddar cheese because – well who doesn’t love cheese?

Macaroni salad is one of everyone’s favorite summer salad recipes. Try this version.

Cheesy Vegetable Macaroni Salad Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounce package macaroni
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons green or red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated

Method

Step 1

Cook the macaroni in well salted water according to the package directions. In the last minute or two of cooking time add the frozen peas. Drain and cool.

Step 2

Stir together the remaining ingredients. Mix the cooled macaroni into dressing mixture and stir well to coat the macaroni thoroughly and evenly.

Step 3

Chill the salad until you are ready to serve it.

Serves 6 to 8.

Tips and Variations:

  • You can also add 1 carrot, grated, for extra color, nutrition and flavor.
  • Macaroni salad tastes best if the flavors have had a chance to meld a bit so I always make it a few hours ahead and chill it.
  • The microwave also works well to cook the peas. Just add a tiny bit of water to the peas and cook on medium for a few minutes. Drain and cool.
  • Add 1 – 7 ounce can of tuna, well drained, for added taste and protein.

Make it Healthier

Make this macaroni salad even healthier by using whole wheat pasta instead of regular white macaroni. Just cook the whole wheat pasta fully to make sure it isn’t too “toothy”.

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