Cold Pea and Tomato Macaroni Salad with Ham and Cheese

I love throwing together a good cold pasta salad with what I have in my fridge. Especially if it keeps me from going to the grocery store. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE grocery shopping. Too much. My cabinets and refrigerator are always stocked with food. It’s almost like a weird fetish of mine.

One of my favorite pasta salads is one made with cold peas and fresh tomatoes, salty deli ham and savory cheese. And it’s quick to throw together when expecting company, like today. My husband’s buddy and best man from our wedding and his family are coming over for lunch. This salad will go very well with the marinated chicken I plan to grill.

Cold Pea and Tomato Macaroni Salad with Ham and Cheese

12 oz dry elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
12 oz frozen peas
2 tomatoes, chopped
8 oz deli ham slices, chopped
1 1/2 cups low moisture mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup white onion, chopped plus 1 Tb grated
1 1/2 cups regular mayonnaise, not salad dressing
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 Tb white vinegar
1 Tb whole grain mustard

In a small bowl mix together mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar and seasonings. Set aside.

In a large bowl combine macaroni, peas, tomatoes, ham, cheese and onion. Add mayonnaise mixture. Stir well and chill until ready to serve.

Serves 16-20. Prep 10 min. Cook 10min.
Our spread of grilled chicken, baked beans, potato salad and macaroni salad

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