Creamy Macaroni Salad with Cheddar

    1 day 20 minutes

    Pasta salad is a great dish because it can be served as a side such as at a barbecue or as a light meal unto itself. Cheese, sour cream and milk add creaminess.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 cup macaroni
    • 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese, cut in small cubes
    • 1 stalk celery, chopped
    • 1 green capsicum, chopped
    • 1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
    • 1/3 cup chopped onion
    • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/4 cup sour cream
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons gherkin relish

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:1day chilling  ›  Ready in:1day20min 

    1. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water until done. Drain, rinse under cold water and drain again.
    2. Combine macaroni with cheese, vegetables, mayonnaise, sour cream, milk and relish. Chill for at least 24 hours.

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    This was a GOOD recipe but I changed a few things to make it EXCELLENT. First I doubled the Basic Recipe, then I added 1 C. Monterey Jack w/Jalapenos Cheese, 1/2 C. Purple Onion, 1 Jar Sliced Black Olives, 1 Jar Diced Pimento Peppers, 4 T. Fresh Chopped Cilantro. Everyone loved it at my BBQ and gave the recipe out to almost everyone . THANKS  -  02 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Held back a star because I made some crucial changes that seriously change the taste of the dish. I do NOT like sweet relish (I know most cold salads like this always use it, so I change it!), instead I used dill...and more of it...more like 1/4 cup. I added a little chopped cucumber (seeds removed), a dash of garlic powder, and used green onion in place of regular onion. Great base recipe though. Thanks for posting.  -  20 Sep 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I loved this! I cut the cheese in small cubes (finger nail size) and used a dill pickle instead of sweet (don't like) then I sprinkled paprika over the top. Next time I will use Miracle Whip instead of the mayo for the "zing" that it was missing and add some pepper too. Would be good with tuna. Thanks Karena, I will make this again.  -  03 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)