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i've always loved macaroni salad but never cared for the raw celery most recipes call for. and all that mayo? no thanks! my answer to that? use cucumber and less mayo.
- 1 (8 ounce) package macaroni noodles
- 1 1⁄2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, diced
- 1 1⁄2 cups cucumbers, diced
- 1 1⁄2 cups ham, cubed
- 1 jalapeno, diced
- 1⁄4 cup sweet onion, minced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons vinegar
- 1 (4 ounce) can olives, chopped
- 1⁄2 tablespoon dill weed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon celery salt
- black pepper
- boil pasta til cooked.
- cut ham & cheese into 1/2" cubes.
- de-seed and dice cucumber.
- finely dice jalapeño & onion.
- once pasta is cool, combine all ingredients and chill for 30 minutes or overnight.
- you can use more or less olive oil depending on personal preference. this is a very flavorful dish without a heavy sauce.