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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.


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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