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Macaroni salad is a popular side or main dish, for picnics, barbeques, or anytime. This page contains macaroni salad recipes.
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By 6 found this helpful
June 21, 2011
As easy as chopping and mixing various ingredients. A nice contrast to other salads being served at the same meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 oz.) box elbow macaroni (cooked to a little past al dente)
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  • 6 large hard boiled eggs, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup green onion, green and white parts, chopped small
  • 2/3 cup celery, chopped small
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle relish
  • 2/3 cup red bell pepper, chopped small
  • 1/2 cup green salad olives, chopped small
  • 1/2 cup ripe black olives, chopped small
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped fine
  • 1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese

Dressing:

  • 16 oz. (2 cups) sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. fresh paprika (optional)

Directions:

Add cooked macaroni to a large mixing bowl along with all the other salad ingredients. Mix well.

Make dressing and pour over salad ingredients and stir until everything is blended together. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Best if made the day before and refrigerated overnight to allow the flavors to "marry".

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Servings: 10-12
Prep Time: 1 Hours
Cooking Time: Overnight refrigeration Days

Source: I wanted something very different so that there would be a noticeable contrast to my All American Potato Salad when served at the same time. It is certainly that.

By Julia from Boca Raton, FL

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August 26, 2015

We recently had 20 relatives over for a barbecue. I came up with the most inexpensive sides I could think of, and this was one of them. I originally found this recipe on All Recipes. I took all the comments that people wrote they would put in it and adapted it into this delicious salad. It makes a lot but we eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a few days. It's that good!

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Total Time: About 30 minutes

Yield: A lot of salad!

Source: Macaroni Salad recipe on all recipes.com

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups dry macaroni
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, grated
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 4 Tbsp pimento or diced roasted red bell peppers

Steps:

  1. Cook macaroni according to the instructions on the package. Drain pasta. Run cold water over it until cooled down. Let drain.
  2. While macaroni is cooking, mix mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper.
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  4. Add chopped ingredients; red onion, celery, carrots, eggs and pimento (or roasted red bell peppers). Mix.
  5. Add macaroni. Stir until mixed. It'll be soupy-looking. But don't worry, it thickens up in the refrigerator.
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  7. Refrigerate macaroni salad at least 4 hours or overnight.
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September 2, 20051 found this helpful
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup uncooked salad pasta or macaroni
  • 1 lb. can of sweet (English) peas
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • 2 slices American or cheddar or any favorite cheese, cut in small cubes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Miracle Whip or mayonnaise

Directions

Cook pasta according to package directions. Cool.

Blend cooked pasta with above ingredients. Chill several hours. You can add cubes of ham or salami or cooked chicken for Main Dish. Or, as is, for side dish. So cool, light , creamy and easy.

By Joyce

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By 3 found this helpful
May 18, 2011

This salad has vegetables, macaroni, tomatoes, cheese and home made sauce! Is a great any time salad. Whenever I make it everyone wants the recipe.

Ingredients:

Dressing:

Directions:

Mix dressing and pour over salad. Let set over night.

Servings: 10-12
Prep Time: 60 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes

By Linda66 from Gladbrook, Iowa

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By 1 found this helpful
July 25, 2012

This is another staple in my house while I was growing up that I have carried over to my own family. I just love the combination of ingredients in this. Great salad!

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May 14, 2012

This is a great salad with a great tasting dressing!

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By 0 found this helpful
July 30, 2008

This is a recipe that was given to my mother by our next door neighbor. My husband, Justin, could eat this everyday if I made it.

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April 26, 2007

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the macaroni, green onions, tomato and celery.

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November 21, 2012

I was raised on this macaroni salad recipe. It was very common for our family to have this at the holiday season meals.

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October 30, 2012

This macaroni salad has one of the best dressings I have ever had in a macaroni salad. Very sweet and good!

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April 29, 2012

I think this is kind of a different take on ordinary macaroni salad! Very, very good! The cabbage makes this excellent!

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April 10, 2012

I just love the whole combination of ingredients in this salad. You could almost eat this as a main dish with the meat and veggies both in it.

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January 15, 2012

This is a unique macaroni salad. Very good and tangy!

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By 0 found this helpful
January 9, 2012

This dressing is extremely good! Very good salad!

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By 0 found this helpful
January 9, 2012

This dressing is extremely good! Very good salad!

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By 0 found this helpful
November 7, 2011

This is one I grew up on. Love the pasta!

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By 9 found this helpful
February 9, 2011

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Cool. Cube other ingredients and mix together. Add Miracle Whip to your taste and mix well. Refrigerate.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 15, 2007

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large serving bowl, combine the macaroni, carrots, green pepper and onion.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 28, 2007

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. In large bowl, combine macaroni, dressing, celery, carrot, pepper, onion and cheese; toss to combine.

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September 13, 2006

If you don't like sauerkraut, drained coleslaw works, just as well.

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By 1 found this helpful
September 7, 2010

I would like some macaroni salad recipes.

By Linda from Fremont, NH

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September 7, 20100 found this helpful

I start out with however much and type of pasta that I want to use, then add some diced hard boiled eggs, tuna, chopped onion and celery, then add whatever seasonings, that I want to use, a little sugar, and add some sweet relish, and mayo. Then I add whatever I have on hand in the line of diced cucumber, radishes, tomato, etc. This is one of the dishes that my Mother taught me to prepare by using some of this and some of that.

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September 7, 20100 found this helpful

I use this recipe as a guideline: http://allrecip  alad/Detail.aspx

It makes a HUGE amount (the stated 6 servings must be for giants!), so I usually halve the macaroni part, but keep the dressing part the same, because I don't like dry pasta salad. I skip the bell pepper and celery, because we don't like it in our salad, and I just use sweet pickle relish instead of the chopped sweet pickles & juice. I'll usually add some frozen peas (I put the frozen peas in the colander before draining the macaroni over them) and some shredded cheddar cheese.

You can probably tell, it's a forgiving recipe. Experiment a bit and make changes. Best of luck -- I hope you find a recipe you love!

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September 7, 20100 found this helpful

I love this Macaroni Salad with Tuna and Sweet Pickles. So delicious. http://feastont  d-sweet-pickles/

For a bigger meal-size salad, this one is great:
http://feastont  ots-and-walnuts/

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September 8, 20100 found this helpful

My mother in law gave me this recipe. Any amount of macaroni that you like. Cut up cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, onion, green pepper diced. For the dressing, use mayonaise, vinegar and sugar. There is no exact measurements for this, just make it so that it is sweetly vinegary. if that makes sense. Boil a couple of eggs to place on top or mix in.

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September 9, 20100 found this helpful

I get requests for this all the time.

1 box elbows. cooked according to directions, rinsed in cold water to cool.
I large green pepper, diced
1 large onion, diced
mayonnaise, as much as you'd like, I always add more because the elbows will soak up a lot of the mayo and the salad will be dry.
Stir all ingredients together, cover and refrigerate for several hours.

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September 9, 20100 found this helpful

I use cooked macaroni just until tender, bell pepper, cukes, tom, cheese (med), white onions,boiled eggs, I chopped all this first and let drain then add to macaroni with mayo.

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September 9, 20100 found this helpful

This is a recipe I got from my grandmother. I use 1 lb. of elbow macaroni pasta. Cook according to the directions. Drain it and let it cool for a little bit. After cooling I do the following to taste. I use Miracle Whip Dressing and Sweet Salad Cubes, Salt & Pepper, sometimes I add a little Paprika. My hubby likes to add cooked bacon. You can also add chopped up Apple. This is a very generic recipe that you can add anything that you want. Again, this is an all to taste recipe. This also stores pretty well in the Fridge for a week or so. I hope you enjoy.

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September 9, 20100 found this helpful

Make your pasta big shells go good in this one
Rinse, let cool.
Mix in one can tuna, one can rinsed kidney beans.
Chopped small onions mix in miracle whip.
Black olives are good if you have some on hand.
Either way this is a great dinner salad.

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By 0 found this helpful
May 20, 2012

Does anyone make a macaroni salad with shrimp in it? Could the recipe be shared with me?

By Laurie Sarina

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May 22, 20120 found this helpful
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Here's a really yummy old fashioned macaroni salad recipe. Just add the amount of cooked baby cocktail shrimp you would like. Personally I would use about 3/4 cup cocktail size shrimp for this amount of pasta or 1/2 cup chopped larger shrimp.

4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 lb. elbow macaroni
2 large ribs celery, including leaves, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2/3 cup mayonnaise, or more to taste
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 (4 oz) jar pimentos, drained and chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta al dente according to package directions, drain, and rinse with cold water and drain again.

Combine the eggs, celery, red onion and lemon juice in a large serving bowl, add macaroni and stir to combine.

Whisk the mayonnaise, mustard and pimentos in a small bowl, season with salt and pepper, add to the macaroni mixture and toss to coat, cover and refrigerate for at least two hours to let the flavors meld.

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By 0 found this helpful
February 28, 2008

I am looking for macaroni dishes, macaroni salads, etc. Nice spring time meals.

Colleen from Oklahoma City, OK

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February 28, 20080 found this helpful

You can do anything with macaroni.

On its own with olive oil and basil and oregano.

With a fresh seasonal veggie.

Sprinkle some fresh ground pepper and grated parmesan or romano on it.

Google "pasta primavera" for some nice veggie, springtime pasta dishes and use macaroni instead of whatever pasta the recipe calls for.

Have fun!

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February 29, 20080 found this helpful

My family loves my "Italian Pasta Salad".

Pasta: Any kind, 1 box
Chicken: Anything leftover or boneless Chicken breast cooked in the microwave and cut into small chunks or small torn pieces.

Cucumber: Peeled and cut into small cubes.
Tomato: Whatever type you have on hand. Also cut into small cubes.

Black olives: Optional. Drained and sliced.
A small bottle of Italian Dressing: use enough to coat everything

Throw everything together in a bowl! Quick meal and great for picnics. Also, tastes great the next day.
Garlic powder, salt and pepper added to taste only if needed.

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 1, 20080 found this helpful

Hi,
here are three recipes we use all the time.Hope you enjoy:

Italian cheddar bake
2 boxes of mac n cheese dinners
1 lb of ground hamburger or ground turkey
1 large can of diced tomatoes
1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese

Make mac n cheese like box says. Brown your meat,add tomatoes. Mix all together in a casserole dish(13x9) and top with cheese. Bake at 350 just until bubbly and cheese is melted. 20 Mins or so

easy lasagna
1 lb of hamburger or ground turkey
2 boxes of mac n cheese
1 jar or can of spaghetti sauce
1 bag of mozzarella cheese

Brown meat.Add sauce.Make mac n cheese.Layer in a casserol dish the mac n cheese, sauce mixture and a layer of cheese, repeat. Bake at 350 until bubbly and cheese is melted.

macaroni salad.
1 Lb box of macaroni
1 jar of sandwich spread
1 onion cut up
1 bell pepper cut up
1 cucumber cut up
diced ham
2 tbl spoons of mayo

Make macaroni according to directions.When done drain,add sandwich spread and mayo. Mix well.Add onions, bell peppers, and cucumber and ham cubes. Mix well.Serve warm or chilled.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 17, 2006

I'm looking for a macaroni salad recipe my grandma made. She's gone now and it isn't in the family cookbook. It had twist noodles, chunks of ham and I think Velveeta cheese. I have no clue about the sauce. Does anyone have something close to this?

Thanks for any recipes.

Tami from Byron Center, MI

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August 18, 20060 found this helpful

This might not be like Grandma's but close:
~~~Good Luck~~~
Give it a Try...
INGREDIENTS:
1 (16 ounce) package macaroni
2 red bell peppers, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green onions 1 stalk celery, chopped (optional)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup mayonnaise
1 packet dry vegetable soup mix

DIRECTIONS:
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain, and rinse with cold water until no longer hot. Transfer noodles to a large bowl.
2. Stir in red bell peppers, green bell peppers, green onions, celery and olive oil. Mix in mayonnaise and soup mix. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 18, 20060 found this helpful

Not knowing what the salad tasted like, chances are your grandma probably used just mayonnaise for the dressing on her macaroni salad. She may have added sweet relish or a little sugar or lemon juice with salt and pepper. I would try mixing up some of that and put over twisty noodles with ham and cheese chunks. My mother also adds onion, boiled egg, radish, celery and tomatoes, strange yes, but oh so good! If not like your grandma's, it still will be good! By the way, I don't live to far from you....just outside of Grandville in Wyoming.

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Anonymous
July 1, 20090 found this helpful

The spiral noodles are called fusilli, sometimes called scroodles. Maybe if you do a search, you might be able to find the recipe on the web.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 18, 2010

I have bought a vinegar salad with noodles at Walmart. I understand it is Amish. Does anyone have the recipe?

By JW from Norlina

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June 22, 20100 found this helpful

Is this the one? http://www.reci  roni-Salad-94164

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February 9, 20110 found this helpful

Ingredients:

  • 2 (14 oz.) packages ring macaroni
  • 1 pint mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 carrots, shredded
  • 2 green pepper, finely chopped

Directions:

Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Drain and cool. Mix the remaining ingredients and add to the macaroni. Makes 1 1/2 gallons.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients:

  • 1 package macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cups finely diced celery
  • 1/2 cup finely diced green pepper
  • 1/3 cup diced pimiento
  • 1/2 cup minced green onion
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed ham
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed American cheese
  • 3 hard cooked eggs, diced
  • 2 cups Miracle Whip
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • small amount of milk

Directions:

Cook macaroni; drain; rinse with cold water; drain. Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Refrigerate.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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June 21, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked macaroni
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup tuna
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup vinegar

Directions:

Combine all ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Place in serving dish. Garnish with paprika. Chill in refrigerator several hours before serving.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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May 12, 20100 found this helpful

Macaroni Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped (or 4-5 green onions)
  • 1/2 cup dill pickles, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickles, chopped
  • 3 hardboiled eggs - chopped
  • 1/2 can black olives, quartered
  • 1/2 can RIPE green olives, quartered
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. dill

Dressing:

  • 4-5 Tbsp. sweet pickle juice
  • mayonnaise, salt and pepper to taste
  • paprika (top)

Directions

Mix all well. Sprinkle paprika on tip. Refrigerate or serve. Be sure to refrigerate all leftovers.

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark,CA.

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Macaroni Salad

This sounds so tasty, Vi! Do you think it would taste okay if I only used dill pickles and green olives? I am giving you a thumbs up :-) (03/16/2010)

By Deeli

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March 16, 20100 found this helpful

A personal favorite!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked macaroni
  • 4-6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 cup chopped celery
Dressing:
  • 3 Tbsp. mustard
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup salad dressing
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup vinegar

Directions:

Mix in order given. Refrigerate.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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November 18, 20090 found this helpful

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked macaroni
  • 2 med. tomatoes, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced radishes
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 cup Miracle Whip
  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. prepared mustard

Directions

Cook 1 cup macaroni in salt water (makes 2 cups cooked). Drain. Add vegetables. Sprinkle with salt, if desired. Combine 1 cup Miracle Whip, ketchup, sugar and mustard and pour over macaroni and vegetables. Mix well. Refrigerate.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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October 13, 20090 found this helpful

Cook macaroni and let stand in cold water a few minutes. Dice next three ingredients and mix well. Combine everything and mix well.

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October 13, 20090 found this helpful

I'm looking for an easy recipe for macaroni salad which includes vinegar, as well as mayonnaise.

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June 8, 20090 found this helpful

Combine macaroni, celery, and eggs in a bowl. Mix together sugar, vinegar, celery seed, Pet milk, and mayonnaise in a small bowl.

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June 8, 20090 found this helpful

Mix together and refrigerate.

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June 8, 20090 found this helpful

Cook macaroni and drain. (Don't overcook.) Drain peas. Add all the main ingredients above. Mix the dressing ingredients and pour dressing over mixture.

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