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Ensalada de Coditos (Macaroni Salad)

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!

ensalada de coditos on a white plate

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.

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What do I need to make this pasta salad?

  • Elbow macaroni
  • Ham
  • Cubed cheese
  • Celery
  • Carrot
  • Onion
  • Pickled jalapeños
  • Mayonnaise
  • 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.

cubed cheese on a cutting board

Grate the carrot, finely chop the onion and celery.

grated carrot, onion, celery

Chop the pickled jalapeños and chop the ham into small cubes.

pickled jalapenos and chopped ham

In a large bowl mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, black pepper and garlic salt.

making pasta salad

Then add the carrot, onion, celery and cheese to the mixture and mix.

cheese cubes in dressing

Then add the pickled jalapeños and ham and mix again.

mixing pasta salad together

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.

ensalada de coditos in a large bowl

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ensalada de coditos on a white plate
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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.

Course lunch
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword ensalada de coditos, macaroni salad, macaroni salad with ham
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 427 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.

  2. Cut the cheese cubes into smaller cubes.

  3. Grate the carrot and finely chop the onion and celery.

  4. Chop the pickled jalapenos and cut the ham into small cubes.

  5. In a large bowl combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, black pepper and garlic salt. Mix well with a large spoon.

  6. Then add the carrot, onion, celery and cheese to the bowl and mix.

  7. Then add the jalapenos and ham and mix again.

  8. Next add the macaroni and mix again until everything is coated in the dressing.

  9. Cover the bowl and transfer it to the refrigerator to chill for a couple of hours before serving.

  10. Serve with crackers, tostadas or all on its own. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Ensalada de Coditos (Macaroni Salad)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 427 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 831mg36%
Potassium 238mg7%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 2047IU41%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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