Ham, Cheese and Macaroni Salad (TNT)

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Ham, Cheese and Macaroni Salad (TNT)

Post by pstarkoski on Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:11 pm

I made this for dinner one day last week. It is a really nice summer salad....I had some leftover ham chunks, so I thought this might be a good way to use them up. I used the wagon wheel pasta just for fun....but any type of small macaroni type pasta would be fine.

Ham, Cheese and Macaroni Salad
midwest living
Chill: 4 hours
Prep: 30 minutes

* 1 cup packaged dried wagon wheel or elbow macaroni
* 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham (8 ounces)
* 4 ounces Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese, cut into cubes (1 cup)
* 1 cup frozen peas
* 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced (1/2 cup)
* 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
* 2 tablespoons diced pimiento
* 1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
* 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish or chopped sweet pickle
* 1 to 2 tablespoons milk (optional)
* Dash pepper
* 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
* Fresh parsley sprig (optional)

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta; rinse with cold water. Drain again.
2. In a large mixing bowl combine pasta, ham, cheese, peas, celery, onion, and pimiento. Toss gently to mix.
3. For dressing, in a small mixing bowl stir together mayonnaise or salad dressing, pickle relish or chopped pickle, milk, and pepper. Pour dressing over pasta mixture. Toss to coat. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.
4. Just before serving, stir in milk, if necessary. Spoon pasta mixture into a serving bowl.
5. Arrange cherry tomato halves around the edge of bowl. If desired, garnish with parsley. Makes 4 main-dish servings.

Recipe source: Holiday Express yahoo group, submitted by Laura Brown.


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