Calico Macaroni Salad

First things first, next week I’m having my first GIVEAWAY! Hooray! So make sure you stay tuned and enter!  Now, on to the recipe!
This recipe comes from my grandmother.  When my mother was a child she was with her at a church picnic and someone brought this salad.  My grandmother really liked it and got the recipe, and has made it ever since.  It’s the only macaroni salad I ever ate growing up, since my mother really liked it too.  I hadn’t made it in a long time, and it was so good to have again.  Usually the recipe uses pimentos, but I didn’t have any, so I improvised with bell peppers and we really liked it.  Try it either way, I think you’ll like it!  And the paprika is essential to this dish in my opinion, but then again I LOVE paprika. : )
CALICO MACARONI SALAD
Recipe by My Stained Apron
3 cups uncooked macaroni noodles
1 cup diced red onion
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1 cup diced cheddar cheese
1 cup diced cucumber (I prefer English)
1 1/4 cup mayonaise
2 T sugar
pinch salt
pinch black pepper
paprika, for serving
Cook noodles according to package directions.
Rinse and cool.  Mix mayo with sugar, salt, and pepper. 
Stir in cheese and vegetables.
If desired, stir in paprika or sprinkle on top.
VARIATION: In place of bell peppers, add 1 large jar of drained pimentos.
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