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Mom's Ham n Cheese Macaroni Salad

By Becky Low Dairy Farmers of Utah
Easy to remember, even easier to make, those are the recipes that get handed down from generation to generation. Try this family favorite from Beck Low. It's so easy it's worth knowing by heart.

Mom's Ingredients for 12-14:


  • 4 cups uncooked macaroni (about 1 pound)
  • 1 pound ham, diced
  • 1 pound cheese, diced
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped (more or less to taste)
  • 1 bunch sliced green onions or snipped fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen green peas
  • 1 cup salad dressing (more or less to taste)
  • 1-3 tablespoons milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain, rinse in cold water and drain thoroughly. Combine macaroni with diced ham and cheese; peel and chop cucumber, chop or grate bell pepper, snipped chives. Thin Miracle Whip with a little milk, add enough dressing for desired consistency and moistness, salt and pepper to taste. Chill to blend flavors.

For picnics and family gatherings Mom would make this favorite salad. She would adjust ingredients to what she had on hand and her taste preferences that day. She always had chives growing near the house and, much to my dismay, would add a big bunch of snipped chives to the mix - or grated onion in the winter. This recipe has always been a family favorite (for me, without the chives - although I do add chives for nostalgia or garnish). Even cousins say this is the salad they best remember my Mom for. Mom never had the recipe written down - she always added ingredients until it looked good, or tasted right. I standardized the recipe ingredients below.

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