Classic Macaroni Salad
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Creamy pasta salad mixed with your favorite veggies and smokey bites of ham.
Recipe type: Pasta Salad
Cuisine: Potluck
Serves: 12
  • 1 lb, small pasta shells
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup green onions or red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup celery, finely chopped. (I chop them into tiny little squares.)
  • 1 cup of olives, sliced
  • 1 cup of ham, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp seasoning salt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½-1 tsp sugar (to taste)
  1. Cook pasta shells in salted water to al dente and drain. Let pasta cool.
  2. Pour the cooled pasta noodles into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Next, add the chopped cucumber, tomato, onion, celery, olives, and ham. Do a quick salt and pepper over all the veggies.
  4. In a small bowl, use a whisk to mix up the sauce by combining the mayonnaise, milk, garlic salt, seasoning salt, and ½ a tsp of sugar. Taste it and then add salt, pepper, and sugar to taste.
  5. Pour sauce over pasta and veggies and mix until everything is nicely coated with sauce.
  6. Best if refrigerated for a couple of hours before serving.
  7. Keep leftovers refrigerated.
Recipe by Real Life Dinner at