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Ham Macaroni Salad

I have Spring fever. I can barely wait for the weather to start warming up here in the North. Please, green grass, come soon!

When I think of Spring and Summer, I tend to think of barbecue foods, like pasta salads, potato salads, grilled burgers and chicken. This recipe for Macaroni Salad came from Favorite Family Recipes. For our optional add-ins we used diced red bell pepper and celery. Very tasty stuff. Be warned, it makes a HUGE bowl. Enjoy!

Macaroni Salad
Makes a VERY large bowl, enough for a party.


  • 1 pkg. (1 lb) pkg. macaroni (or shells)
  • 1 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. mustard
  • 1/4 c. sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt (or to taste)
  • ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 c. ham steak, cut into small cubes
  • 1 c. cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 2/3 c. frozen peas, thawed
  • 2-3 carrots, shredded
  • Optional mix-ins:
  • cucumber, peeled and diced
  • dill pickles, diced
  • tomato, diced
  • red bell pepper, diced
  • celery, diced


  1. Prepare macaroni to al dente according to package directions. After macaroni is cooked, drain and rinse in cold water. Once macaroni has cooled down, drain well.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, mustard, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  3. In a large bowl toss macaroni with ham, cheese, peas, carrots, and other mix-ins.
  4. Fold in mayonnaise mixture until pasta is well coated.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit overnight.
  6. If the salad seems a little dry after setting up overnight, add some milk a little bit at a time until salad becomes nice and creamy again.

Recipe from Favorite Family Recipes

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  1. I've got spring fever, too! I think that macaroni salad could cure it, though! YUM!

    1. It is going to be warm for a few days here and it is SO NICE! Can't wait for warm weather 🙂

  2. Dear Ali, I think everyone has Spring fever. It's been such a long winter. I am so happy to finally be getting some yard work done…I hope this nice weather stays! Your macaroni salad looks so comforting and delish. I'm in the mood for a picnic now. Blessings, Catherine

  3. I could use a big serving of your salad about now.