Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is a recipe I have been making for about 24 years. I can't remember the lady's name who published the book I got it from, but she was a real stickler about what you feed your kids. I started making this when my boys were preschool age. I would always make sure a had a big batch when they had a sitter, so she didn't fill them up with junk, and they would be on a sugar high when I got home at night. I am still making this today and I enjoy it as a healthy meal or snack anytime. I must say I usually triple this when I make it, as there was 5 of us.It keeps well in frig for a few days, and the boys would eat it for snacks a lot. It made me feel better that they were eating healthy. I used American cheese and I must say on my bowl I would add salt. I love this dish.


  1. Cook macaroni according to directions on package.
  2. Drain and chill, adding lemon juice to macaroni.
  3. When chilled add rest of ingredients and refrigerate till serving time.
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I wasn't sure about this recipe because it was so simple, but it does have plenty of flavor. I used brown rice macaroni, and doubled it, though I forgot to double everything else. Still, it came out great with those proportions. I used about half the cheese, in shreds, because that's what I had. And I used lite miracle whip instead of mayo because I love miracle whip! I minced the celery and carrots in the food processor for the sake of easiness, and it created a great texture. This is a great recipe that will be perfect for keeping cold macaroni salad in the fridge during those hot summer days I don't want to heat up the kitchen. This kind of salad costs $7 per pound at my grocery store, so it's a bargain to make, too. :)

Jujubegirl April 24, 2012

Excellent tasting pasta salad and very simple to make. I was a little skeptical about it as it is so easy to put together but it did not disappoint.

Darlene10 June 30, 2011

I love it & so does my family. It is light and still gives you what you crave. I feel good about feeding it to my 2 year old. Thanks for sharing. Tt is a regular in our house, esp over the summer.

bowie55_8967815 June 29, 2011