Old Fashioned Pasta Salad

I love to eat all kinds of salads in the summer.  Pulling and eating veggies and fruit out of the garden is something I look forward to every year. Anything heavy in this hot weather just doesn’t appeal to me.  Here’s an oldie, but goodie, recipe from my grandmother.  It’s a great standby recipe that I use for most family gatherings and is a huge hit.



Old Fashioned Pasta Salad
Serves 12
A refreshing and delicious salad for all occasions full of veggies and goodness. The dressing is the best part.
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
  1. 1 (16-oz.) package elbow macaroni
  2. 1 3/4 cup real mayonaise
  3. 3 Tbl. mustard
  4. 1/2 cup sour cream
  5. 3 T red wine vinegar
  6. 3 T sugar
  7. 3/4 cup diced ham
  8. 3/4 cup diced cheddar cheese
  9. 1 red bell pepper, diced
  10. 1/2 cup chopped celery
  11. ⅔ cup frozen peas, thawed
  12. 2 carrots, grated
  13. 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
  14. 1/3 cup dill pickle relish
  15. 1 tomato, seeded and diced
  16. ½ tsp salt (or to taste)
  17. ground black pepper (to taste)
  1. Prepare macaroni al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water. Set aside.
  2. Combine mayo, mustard, sour cream, vinegar and sugar in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Combine macaroni with ham, cheese, and all veggies in a large bowl.
  4. Add mayo mixture and toss until pasta is evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Stir again before serving.
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There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.


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