Macaroni Chicken Salad

Macaroni  salad is my mother’s favorite, she makes it for both Christmas’ Noche Buena meal  and on New Year’s Media Noche. She’s proud of her macaroni salad; I, personally am not a fan of this, I can only eat one or two bites just to please my mom…everyone thinks I’m odd for not liking it..for some reason I can’t explain..mayonnaise is not one of my favorite’s not because I’m calorie conscious or too concerned for my health.. I just don’t like the taste of mayo, maybe it’s the vinegar in it..I’m not sure.

Here’s the recipe for Macaroni Chicken Salad, even though I don’t eat this much, but I know for sure how to make this, I helped every year in preparing it.. I learned how to make this from watching my mom and one of my aunt make this when I was little, the addition of apple pieces, I got from my father’s sister, she also adds shrimp to this but my mother prefers it without, so she doesn’t add any. The recipe below has very small amount of mayonnaise, you may of course add more according to your taste and preference. 🙂

combine all ingredients in a big salad bowl..
don’t forget the cheese 🙂

add the mayo and toss until well combined… chill well before serving


1 cup raw macaroni pasta , cooked al dente
9 ounces chicken tenders, boiled and diced or chopped into small pieces or diced
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained well
1 small fuji apples, diced
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup cheese, diced or grated
salt and white pepper to taste
1/3 cup mayonnaise ( this is a very small amount for this kind of dish, feel free to add more if you thinkthe salad is too dry or you can add a little milk instead)
optional : add about 1/2 cup cooked shrimp; peeled and deveined

How to: In a big bowl, combine everything and toss gently until well combine, taste it; adjust seasoning if necessary. Cover the bowl or transfer into a covered container and chill for at least 2 hours.

Thanks for reading…Merry Christmas! 🙂

3 Responses to "Macaroni Chicken Salad"

  1. Jeannie   December 20, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Hey, I must confess I do not like mayo much either! Or mustard, or thousand island dresssing or tartar sauce…Never did like those creamy type. Therefore, I seldom make salad in my meals. Prefer to stir fry my veg and bake my pasta if the boys requested for it.

  2. lululu   December 20, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    u know what, i was not a big fan of mayo too until Hellman’s came to my life. I don’t like the taste of Kraft mayo, then I thought I would have to stop eating mayo for the rest of my life. but then I found Hellman’s. I’m not sure about the difference, but I simply love mayo now just bcos of Hellman’s.
    this salad sounds wonderful! cant wait to try it with Hellman’s.

  3. Trissa   December 20, 2009 at 5:52 am

    I have always been a big fan of macaroni chicken salad and your version sounds amazing – especially with the cheese – I dont think I have ever had it that way (or maybe just wasn’t aware!). It would seem like a great addition!


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