Cindi's Chicken Macaroni Salad

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Domestic Goddess

A really good macaroni salad made with either cooked chicken, turkey, (or) smoked turkey, red bell peppers, celery, onions, peas, colby cheese, salad dressing, and Kraft's Creamy Cucumber Ranch Salad Dressing. Note: DO NOT SUBSTITUTE mayonnaise for the salad dressing in this recipe. The salad dressing gives this salad a bit of a kick, as my daughter would say. This salad is a favorite of my mother-in-law's, and I consider that to be a compliment!

Top Review by D. Baker

Domestic Goddess, recently I made your macaroni salad to bring to a Sunday church social. Guess what DG, your macaroni salad was a 'hit'. Not only did I get quite a few compliments, but some of the ladies even asked me for the recipe. One thing I do agree with you when making this sure to use salad dressing as requested. I love the zip that Miracle Whip gives to macaroni/pasta salads...also, that's what my family pretty much uses in many of there macaroni salads, including the peas and cheese. I never thought of using a ranch dressing in this type of salad, but I have to say we all enjoyed it. DG, I plan on making this salad to bring to our family's Summer reunion. I also plan on printing off copies of the recipe to share with others. Thank you Domestic Goddess for posting this recipe. It was enjoyed by all who ate it!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 -3 cups cut-up cooked chicken or 2 -3 cups turkey or 2 -3 cups smoked turkey
  • 2 cups macaroni, cooked
  • 34 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 23 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 2 -3 tablespoons finely chopped onions
  • 8 ounces frozen peas, thawed
  • 8 ounces colby cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup salad dressing
  • 1 12 cups Kraft creamy cucumber ranch salad dressing
  • season with salt and black pepper


  1. In a very large bowl, add all the ingredients.
  2. Chill several hours before serving.
  3. Note: When preparing this salad, I added 3 cups of chicken or turkey, since I like more meat in mine. You can also substitute a mild cheddar cheese for the colby. I think Kraft's Creamy Cucumber Salad Dressing, makes this macaroni salad taste best, but you can use a regular ranch salad dressing.

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