Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe

Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe

This is absolutely the best Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad that you have ever had! Super easy to make, creamy and seriously delicious.

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I am a huge fan of pasta salads, I feel like they are the perfect summer staple. They pair well with all of the grilled things like these venison steaks, smoked burgers and grilled salmon.

Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe

Let’s talk pasta salad!

If you think that this salad looks good then you should check out this Greek Orzo Salad and Dill Pickle Pasta Salad.

Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe

This pasta salad is the perfect make ahead side dish for summer events or parties. It can be prepared the night before and stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe Ingredients

Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad:

Ingredients:

  • 170 g (4 cups cooked) elbow macaroni pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked ham, cubed
  • 2 dill pickles, diced
  • 2 green onion stalks, diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp dill pickle juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper

Directions:

1. In a large pot bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add elbow pasta and cook for 10 minutes or until pasta is cooked al dente. Drain the pasta, rinse with cold water and allow to cool completely. This makes about 4 cups of cooked pasta.

Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe Process

2. Dice the pickles, cheese, ham and green onion.

3. In a large mixing bowl combine cold pasta, pickle, ham and cheese.

Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe Process

4. In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, pickle juice, salt and pepper.

Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe Process

5. Add the dressing to the large bowl of pasta and mix well.

Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe

6. Top with green onion and serve.

Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe

Each tangy bite of miracle whip, perfect pasta, ham and cheese is even better the next day. The creamy flavor can be perfectly preserved with plastic wrap over the bowl and served with your next summer meal.

This delicious pasta salad recipe joins my classic potato salad in our summer salad rotation!

Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe

Macaroni salad options:

While the original ham & cheese pasta salad recipe is a crowd pleaser you may want to mix it up!

  • Try adding sharp cheddar cheese, colby jack cheese or mozza!
  • Use a different type of pasta like bowtie pasta or orzo for a different look.
  • Add red onion, cherry tomatoes, crispy bacon or other fresh veggies for a whole different flavor.
Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe

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Kitchen essentials for cooking:

Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe

Quite honestly this is my favorite salad for summer – its the perfect balance of creamy dressing and hearty pasta. I love, love, love the flavour profile of this delicious pasta salad!

Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe

This is sure to become one of your favorite summer salads – a crowd pleaser for certain!

Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe

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Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe

Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This is absolutely the best Ham & Cheese Pasta Salad that you have ever had! Super easy to make, creamy and seriously delicious.

Ingredients

  • 170 g (4 cups cooked) elbow macaroni pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked ham, cubed
  • 2 dill pickles, diced
  • 2 green onion stalks, diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp dill pickle juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper

Instructions

1. In a large pot bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add elbow pasta and cook for 10 minutes or until pasta is cooked al dente. Drain the pasta, rinse with cold water and allow to cool completely.

2. Dice the pickles, cheese, ham and green onion.

3. In a large mixing bowl combine cold pasta, pickle, ham and cheese.
4. In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, pickle juice, salt and pepper.

5. Add the dressing to the large bowl of pasta and mix well.

6. Top with green onion and serve.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4323Total Fat: 51gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 808mgCarbohydrates: 789gFiber: 46gSugar: 16gProtein: 158g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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