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Easy Kitchen Sink Macaroni Salad

Macaroni salad recipes are a staple at any picnic or barbeque. Jam packed with whatever vegetables and cheese you have in your fridge, Kitchen Sink Macaroni Salad is a hodgepodge collection of flavor. Add in your favorite your vegetables to make it just the way you like.


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  • 1 (16-ounces) pacakaage of elbow macaroni
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup dill pickles, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 cup celery
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup black pitted olives, chopped


  1. Cook macaroni according to package. Drain, Rinse with cold water. Drain well. Return macaroni to pot.
  2. Combine all ingredients in to a bowl and mix well.  Add to macaroni. Toss together well.
  3. Turn into serving bowl. Chill for one hour or more. If you want it more moist, add a bit of milk or more mayonnaise.

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I love the idea of making a macaroni salad with your favorites dumped in. Personally, I won't put celery or red onion in my salad. But I do love the addition of olives and peas and cheddar cheese. Sometimes I put crab meat or tuna in my macaroni salad. Like the other reviewer said--it's your call!

I believe the recipe was not titled Macaroni "Cheese" Salad. It says, "Easy Kitchen Sink Macaroni Salad," Implying you can put whatever you want in it. It's your call. It looks great and I'm going to try it, without the cheese. your call.

Not bad but its not mac salad if it's got cheese in it. It was just OK.

This is almost exactly like what my Mom used to make! Only difference is she also used chopped tomatoes and cucumbers and NO peas. Yummy, yummy, yummy!

Forgot to mention that next time I make this I will use cubed cheddar cheese rather tha n shredded. Shredded cheddar cheese gave the salad an odd, grainy texture.

Delicious stuff! Use only Hellman's or Best Food mayo-and no light or fat-free mayo. If you find you want it a little more moist, add a couple of dashes of vinegar. This is good stuff!


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