I realize I’ve sort of been MIA lately, but I have a good excuse – my sweet hubby took off Thursday and Friday to be with me and relax a bit (and wasn’t his timing impeccable? We’ve had nothing but NCAA tournament on for 4 days straight!). We’ve had such a wonderful 4 days together – we cooked together, played games (I’ve almost gotten to the point where I can beat him at Mario Cart…almost), took nice, long walks with Izzy, and he even helped me paint our dining room table! There’s nothing I enjoy more than spending time with my husband (especially when life is SO happy and care-free)!  I just hate that he’s back at work now, and unfortunately, my Spring Break is over as well- it’s back to work tomorrow for me too. 🙁

While we were enjoying our free time, we decided it would be nice to grill hamburgers and hot dogs; and one of my favorite things to serve with grilled burgers is macaroni salad. Mmmm! Macaroni salad is just one of those foods that puts me in a good mood. It’s crunchy, creamy, slightly tangy…I just love it! I just sort of “threw” this one together and it was actually one of the best tasting macaroni salads I’ve had! Our favorite part is definitely the little cubes of cheese – we loooove cheese! These measurements are just approximations, so be sure to taste as you go along and add additional seasoning or ingredients as needed to suit your tastes.

Creamy Macaroni Salad

1/2 pound macaroni, cooked, drained and completely cooled.
3 small carrots, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1-2 Tablespoons jarred pimento
1/2 cup frozen sweet peas, thawed
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes (we like more cheese, so I ended up using closer to 3/4 cup)
salt and pepper to taste (we like lots of black pepper)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/2 cup Creamy Italian salad dressing

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Taste for seasoning. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.



  1. I have to make this soon, Amy! It looks delicious-and I love the addition of the Italian salad dressing and dijon mustard! YUM!

    Sounds like you had a wonderful spring break!:) There is nothing better than spending time with the hubby, I wholeheartedly agree!!!


    Comment by Jennifer — March 22, 2010 @ 12:49 PM

  2. Looks fantastic! I cant wait till we grill out and can try this.


    Comment by Tanya — March 22, 2010 @ 12:59 PM

  3. You’re so lucky to have a partner who wants to spend time with you so much that he takes off work to do so. That is quite lovely.

    This salad looks amazing. I love the different colors in it. It looks so creamy and comforting.


    amy Reply:

    Thank you, Memoria- I’m pretty much the luckiest girl on the planet!! 🙂



    Comment by Memoria — March 22, 2010 @ 1:41 PM

  4. Sounds like a wonderful weekend with your hubby 🙂 Isn’t it nice when you have a few days to spend together just to be. I love it!

    I can’t wait until the weather is nice enough here to grill more regularly. The macaroni salad looks great – so colorful!


    Comment by Tracey — March 22, 2010 @ 9:55 PM

  5. You are pretty lucky, aren’t you?

    I guess I’m pretty lucky myself! 🙂


    Comment by Joel — March 23, 2010 @ 11:20 AM

  6. Okay,take it from me, you both are super great, and the salad looks like something I must have-ASAP! Love you, Nana


    Comment by Nana & Grandaddy — March 23, 2010 @ 8:56 PM

  7. I don’t know which is sweeter. The fact that you have such a wonderful relationship with your husband or that your grandparents respond to your posts! I love it! Can’t wait to make this salad! I love macaroni salad and have yet to find a recipe I like. This one really has me drooling! YUM!


    Comment by Jess — March 25, 2010 @ 5:47 PM

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