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Summer Salads

Paige and her father’s favorite summer salad is my mothers pea and cheese macaroni salad.  The other day for a bbq at Chris’ work  he was asked to bring a salad.  He told me he needed it for about 50 people.  BIG salad.  So that night I made up this salad in a huge bowl and sent it on its way. 

A side note.  I like to add green or black olives to this salad, but it is not always a hit for everyone. The cucumber is a wonderful addition instead of the celery if the salad is eaten the same day.  It gets a little mushy if you have leftovers next day.  

Pea and Cheese Macaroni Salad

  • 4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 3 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 large Tablespoons sweet pickle relish (more if desired)
  • 1 16 ounce package frozen peas
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese cubed
    In a large bowl, mix together mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, pepper, onion, celery, pickle relish and dill until combined; add pasta. Fold in Peas and cheese in peas and cheese. OPTIONAL: Garnish with Cucumber or tomatoes, and sprinkle with paprika.

    Chill until ready to serve.

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About heylaydee

An average cook, an enthusiasm for experimenting and trying new things, is the reason for this blog. That and I found myself in the “empty nest” syndrome and needed an outlet. So I picked up the camera that was collecting dust, got out the pile of recipes, contacted friends and family for their favorites and starting cooking again. What could be better than a glass of wine, a hot stove, and creativity? Come along for the ride. I will be blogging about food, family, and anything else that inspires me.

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