Ensalada de coditos (Macaroni salad) is a delicious and easy pasta salad that’s perfect for lunch.
This one has ham, cheese and veggies. It’s full of flavor!
This is a great recipe to use up leftover ham and veggies.
I absolutely hate wasting food so I’m always making a lot of soups, casseroles and pasta salads as they’re an excellent way to use up leftover meats and veggies before they go bad.
Looking for more delicious recipes? Try these:
- Ensalada de pollo (Mexican chicken salad)
- Tuna macaroni salad
- Mexican tuna salad
- Tostadas de jaiba (Crab tostadas)
What do I need to make this pasta salad?
- Elbow macaroni
- Cubed cheese
- Pickled jalapeños
- Sour cream
- Ground black pepper
- Garlic salt
- Olive oil
How to make ensalada de coditos
First we want to cook the macaroni.
Cooking the macaroni first will allow it enough time to cool down completely while we prep the other ingredients.
Once the macaroni is done and rinsed with cold water pour a little olive oil over it and stir. This will prevent the macaroni from sticking to each other.
I bought my cheese already in cubes but I cut them into even smaller cubes as I don’t like big chunks of cheese in my macaroni salad.
Grate the carrot, finely chop the onion and celery.
Chop the pickled jalapeños and chop the ham into small cubes.
In a large bowl mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, black pepper and garlic salt.
Then add the carrot, onion, celery and cheese to the mixture and mix.
Then add the pickled jalapeños and ham and mix again.
Next add the macaroni and mix well. Then cover and put it in the refrigerator to chill.
This ensalada de coditos tastes best once it has chilled in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
Serve it with crackers, tostadas or all on its own. It’s delicious however you choose to serve it!
Macaroni salad is a great lunch option during the summer months when it’s hot and you’d rather eat something cold.
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Ensalada de Coditos (Macaroni Salad)
Ensalada de coditos (Macaroni Salad) is a great lunch option during the hot summer weather. It's delicious and easy to make.
- 1 cup elbow macaroni
- 1 cup ham
- 1/2 cup cheese cubes
- 2 celery sticks
- 1 carrot
- 1/4 onion
- 1/4 cup pickled jalapenos
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tbs olive oil
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook for 6 minutes. Then drain and rinse under cold water. Add the olive oil to the pasta and stir to coat. Set aside.
Cut the cheese cubes into smaller cubes.
Grate the carrot and finely chop the onion and celery.
Chop the pickled jalapenos and cut the ham into small cubes.
In a large bowl combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, black pepper and garlic salt. Mix well with a large spoon.
Then add the carrot, onion, celery and cheese to the bowl and mix.
Then add the jalapenos and ham and mix again.
Next add the macaroni and mix again until everything is coated in the dressing.
Cover the bowl and transfer it to the refrigerator to chill for a couple of hours before serving.
Serve with crackers, tostadas or all on its own. Enjoy!