Macaroni Salad with Broccoli and Ham

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This is my homemade version of the Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad with Broccoli and Ham at Sweet Tomatoes Salad Buffet Restaurant.   Went there with my hubby for date night recently and they had this on the buffet.  Totally brought back memories of working there many years ago.  I used to be a trainer for them and would travel around the US to train employees for the new openings.  It was pretty fun (most the time anyways) 😉
I like the crunch in this salad from the raw vegetables.  It adds a much needed texture.  I don’t like alot of dressing on salads or pasta salads, so I wouldn’t use the whole amount of dressing, but add as little or as much as you like.
And I used my homemade Canadian Bacon, but any cooked diced ham would fine.   This holds well, and is maybe even better the second day.

MACARONI SALAD WITH BROCCOLI AND HAM
1 pound large elbow macaroni
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
3/4 cup olives, sliced
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup celery, diced
3/4 cup carrots, peeled and diced
1 1/4 cup diced ham (I used my homemade Canadian Bacon)

Dressing:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream (Or use an additional 1/2 cup mayo)
1/4 cup milk
1 T sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Cook macaroni and rinse with cold water until cool.
Toss with remaining salad ingredients.
Whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
Toss with salad, reserving some to see how dressed you want it, then add more if needed.
Chill for a couple hours or overnight.

Macaroni Salad with Broccoli and Ham

Ingredients

  • 1 pound large elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 3/4 cup carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 1/4 cup diced ham (I used my homemade Canadian Bacon)
    Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (Or use an additional 1/2 cup mayo)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 T sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook macaroni and rinse with cold water until cool.
  • Toss with remaining salad ingredients.
  • Whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Toss with salad, reserving some to see how dressed you want it, then add more if needed.
  • Chill for a couple hours or overnight.
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