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Noodle Salad for a Potluck

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Noodle Salad for a Potluck

This noodle salad recipe is great for bringing to any occasion when you need to bring a dish to pass. I rarely take any home and always have people asking for the leftovers.

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Any recipe that is used often is a keeper and this is in the pack. The hardest part is cooking the noodles. Dicing the veggies and other ingredients can be done while the pasta is cooking.

Quick and Easy Salad Prep.

While you are boiling the pasta, you can save time in this recipe by thawing the frozen peas, dicing the onion, cheese, and any other ingredient you choose to add. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it in a colander and rinse to cool quickly. This process of rinsing also removes excess starch on the pasta, which helps the noodles not stick together. This is my favorite colander as it has lots of holes in it, which allows the water to drain quickly and thoroughly.

Pasta for Salad
Pasta for Salad

Variations to the Side Dish

It is a very versatile recipe. You could add ham and diced cheese with the onion and celery for another unique taste. This is the way that my husband likes it. While I used elbow macaroni today, you can use a wide variety of noodles in this dish.

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Noodle Salad for a Potluck

This recipe is great for bringing to any occasion when you need to bring a dish to pass. I rarely take any home and always have people asking for the leftovers. This recipe is one I use often.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pasta, recipe, salad, vegetables
Servings: 20 Servings
Calories: 157kcal


  • 1 box elbow macaroni cooked
  • 3-4 mini sweet peppers diced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 8 oz colby/jack cheese diced
  • 8 oz sweet peas I normally take frozen peas and break apart and add them

Ultimate Creamy Salad Dressing

  • 2 cups Miracle Whip dressing
  • 3/4 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 1 tsp lemon


  • Cook the macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse and set aside. This is the only cook time needed in this recipe.
  • In a bowl add the celery, onion, sweet peppers, sweet peas, and cheese. Add the macaroni to the bowl.
  • Pour the sauce on top and mix.
  • You can eat right away, but it gets even better after a few hours as the flavors will be enhanced. Enjoy!

Your Own Private Notes


I have also added diced, cooked ham or sausage to this.
You can change the type of cheese
You can add a variety of vegetables
Note: if you add a lot of extra ingredients to this salad, I would increase the amount of sauce as it will become dry if you don’t.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 277mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1mg
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