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Macaroni Salad With Ham and Cheese

Macaroni Salad with Ham and Cheese

This Macaroni Salad with Ham and Cheese is super easy to make and is perfect for any occasion. From picnics to potlucks, this blend of tender pasta salad with zesty ham, cheese and other vegetables will be a sure crowd pleaser!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword ham and cheese, macaroni salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 4 hours
Servings 6 people
Calories 622kcal


  • 1 package 8 oz, small shell pasta, cooked and drained
  • 2 tablespoons diced celery about 1 stalk
  • 2 tablespoons diced onion
  • 1 cup chopped ham
  • 1 cup peas and carrots thawed
  • 1 brick 8 oz, cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2" cubes about 1 cup
  • 2 tablespoons sweet relish
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper


  • Place macaroni in a large bowl.
  • Add celery, onion, relish, mayonnaise, ham, peas and carrots and cheese.
  • Mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight for flavors to mingle. Mix well before serving.


Just make sure to note that this recipe does take at least 4 hours (or overnight) in the fridge for all of the flavors to properly mingle. So make sure you factor in this time to your prep schedule. Also, I find it helpful for recipes like this to have a nice large bowl to mix everything in. Nothing is worse than all these ingredients spilling out everywhere!
And, like all great recipes, this one can be added and subtracted from. Some people like to put diced bell peppers in their Macaroni Salad. If that is your jam, go for it! I've seen some versions of this recipe where people like to use Miracle Whip instead of mayonnaise. Again, give it a whirl!


Calories: 622kcal