Salad: Macaroni and Cheese Salad

Servings: twelve 1-cup portions

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: About 30 minutes


This big-batch macaroni salad is a fan favourite at potlucks and feasts. 

  • 1 box (about 400 grams) macaroni noodles, preferably whole wheat
  • ½ teaspoon onion or garlic powder
  • 1 carrot, rinsed and grated
  • 1 cucumber, rinsed and grated
  • 1 cup ranch dressing, preferably low fat
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded or cut into small cubes
  • 1 can (about 350 mL) kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Directions for Preparation

  1. Cook the macaroni noodles according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile put the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl.
  3. When the noodles are cooked, drain and rinse with cool water.
  4. Let sit to cool. Once cool to touch, add the noodles to the bowl.
  5. Gently stir until all the noodles are coated.
  6. Cover and place in the fridge until ready to serve.
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