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Ham And Cheese Pasta Salad

Ham and Cheese Pasta Salad is a simple, yet popular, delicious Pasta Salad with just enough dressing to make it tasty enough for seconds (or thirds ! )

A simple, yet popular, delicious Ham and Cheese Pasta Salad with just enough dressing to make it tasty enough for seconds (or thirds ! )

Pasta salads are so versatile. For one, it is quite filling and can easily be served for lunch or as a light dinner.

We usually have this Ham and Cheese Pasta Salad on a Friday night. Especially when the weather is hot and humid.

Something I do not like much about pasta salads, is that the salads are usually doused in dressing, whether it be a Mayonnaise dressing or something else.

A simple, yet popular, delicious Ham and Cheese Pasta Salad with just enough dressing to make it tasty enough for seconds (or thirds ! )

The dressing I use in this recipe is just enough to add flavor and to not get the salad buried way under Mayonnaise.

You can of course double or even triple the quantity of dressing if you prefer a moister salad.

When we have guests over, I make an additional batch of the dressing and serve it on the side. That way each guest can help themselves to more (which does happen a lot).

People’s taste are different and whenever I am in doubt (with salads) I always serve either the dressing on the side, or as with this recipe. A little in the salad and a small bowl next to the salad bowl.

A simple, yet popular, delicious Ham and Cheese Pasta Salad with just enough dressing to make it tasty enough for seconds (or thirds ! )

The pasta salad itself is very simple, with everyday ingredients. I get a thick cut of Ham from our local deli and chop it into small bite-sized cubes.

But when we had home cooked Ham a day or two before and have some leftovers, I prefer to use that.

Now and then I would also add Pineapple. But only when I am sure the salad will be eaten the same day as I have found the Pineapple makes the salad a little too acidic the next day.

If I do make the salad the night before, I only add the Pineapple the following day. And not more than 2 – 3 hours in advance.

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One other thing about this salad is that you have to let it chill a couple of hours (2 hours at least) in order for all the flavors to really work together.

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Ham And Cheese Pasta Salad

Yield: 8 Servings

Ham And Cheese Pasta Salad

Ham and Cheese Pasta Salad

Ham and Cheese Pasta Salad is a simple, yet popular, delicious Pasta Salad with just enough dressing to make it tasty enough without having a "doused" salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

SALAD:

  • 3 cups Macaroni, cooked and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups Cooked Ham, cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups Gouda Cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup Spring Onions, chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped

DRESSING:

  • 3 TB Mayonnaise
  • 2 TB Olive Oil, extra virgin
  • 1 TB Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • 1/4 t Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. SALAD: Combine the Pasta, Ham, Cheese, Spring Onions and red Bell Pepper in a large mixing bowl
  2. DRESSING: Whisk together the Mayonnaise, Oil, Lemon Juice, Salt and Pepper – pour over the Pasta mixture and stir through – cover and chill for at least 2 hours

Notes

ps: If possible, let the salad chill longer – it only makes the salad better !

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1 Cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 251Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 41mgSodium 592mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 1.1gSugar 0.7gProtein 17.1g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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Transfer to a serving bowl and serve chilled.

ps: If possible, let the salad chill longer – it only makes the salad better !

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Mary

Friday 17th of April 2020

Made without cheese— forgot. Added dried basil, paprika, kosher salt. Used leftover Easter ham. Delicious!

D

Thursday 26th of September 2019

This is my Favorit pasta salad I ever made. I never like heavy dressings. Never put lemon in it. Cheese chunks make it perfect. Added cherry tomatoes and olives. Going to put the pinappeal chunks on side. Will be berry good with it. Thank you. This will be my new pasta salad. Love the green onions in there to. Haven't let it set two hours but I'm sure ill like even better. Thank you. Was very easy. Will be good dinner as well as lunch.

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Thursday 7th of July 2016

Looks delicious! Stopping by from Carole's Chatter!

mail4rosey

Monday 20th of June 2016

That's a salad that would get scarfed up in a hurry here! Lovely for summer!

Brenda

Tuesday 14th of June 2016

That looks really good! Thanks for sharing.

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