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Ensalada de Coditos - Macaroni Salad

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  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 5 hr 0 min
  • Ingredients 12
  • Servings 12
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What some might call macaroni salad is known to Puertoriqueños as ensalada de coditos. Treasured by children and adults alike, a coditos salad delivers all the creamy flavor of a potato salad and all the festivity of special occasion and holiday menus. Here’s a classic recipe that will show you how to make ensalada de coditos, and we hope you bring it to your next gathering paired with an ear to ear smile.
by Jeannette Quiñones Cantore
Updated May 30, 2024
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  • 16 oz uncooked elbow macaroni
  • Salt, as desired
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups diced cooked ham
  • 1 cup diced cheddar cheese
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup pimiento-stuffed green olives
  • 5 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • Pepper, as desired


  • 1
    Cook the pasta in salted water according to the package instructions; drain well and set aside.
  • 2
    In small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and cream; mix well.
  • 3
    In large bowl, combine the pasta with the ham, cheese, carrot, onion, olives, egg and bell pepper; mix well. Add mayonnaise mixture and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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