Hearty Supper Salad

   By ChefErin  Jul 30, 2010

When the sticky Midwestern summers were bogging us down, my mom always made a variety of cold salads gleaned from sixties cookbooks or peeled from food labels to avoid heating up the kitchen. For the next several nights, we’d serve ourselves a salad smorgasbord for dinner. A typical salad sampler would include classics like macaroni salad, potato salad, and tuna salad and we’d occasionally have beet salad or sour kraut salad. But the salad we all loved best was "Hearty Supper Salad."

These days, as soon as the temperature rises I start craving the stuff -- no kidding. Remember the blog I wrote a few months ago about food memories letting me down? Well this one, emphatically, does not. I love this stuff. My husband loves this stuff and, soon enough, I think you’ll love this stuff too.


My mother got the recipe while watching a local television morning show in the mid-sixties.  I have decided to make it my mission to revive our beloved "Hearty Supper Salad."


This is the original recipe and, frankly, I wouldn’t change a thing. So do me a favor? Don’t substitute any of the low fat alternatives when you make it the first time. Savor the delicious innocence of a quintessential middle-American-childhood-church social-picnic-salad. You don’t get that much sour cream and cheese in a serving anyway, so live a little.  


Hearty Supper Salad



1 cup elbow macaroni

2 cups diced ham

1 1/2 cups diced cheddar cheese

1 cup chopped celery

1 small onion, diced

1/2 cup sweet pickle relish



1/2 cup sour cream

2 tbsp yellow mustard


Cook elbow macaroni as directed stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite. Rinse with cold water and drain well in a colander set in the sink.


Combine macaroni, ham, cheddar cheese, celery, onion and sweet pickle relish in a large bowl. In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream and yellow mustard. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients, toss until ingredient are completely coated with dressing. Cover and chill for at least one hour prior to serving.


Do you have any salad recipes that have passed down through your family? Please share the recipes with us!



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sheneicm by sheneicm | Philadelphia, PA
Oct 29, 2010

I'll try it with Turkey Ham

tleggett by tleggett | Jesup, GA
Aug 15, 2010

wow sounds delicious ! cant wait to try this

LCarboni by LCarboni | La Place, LA
Aug 08, 2010

My mother & I we eat a lot of macaroni salads in the summer. We use different kinds of noodles and ingredients in our salads. Love to mix it up.

ChefErin by ChefErin | SEATTLE, WA
Aug 07, 2010

afmalice - My pleasure! Hope it becomes a favorite of your family too. ~ Chef Erin

afmalice by afmalice | Berlin, NJ
Aug 06, 2010

Cannot wait to try this! Thanx so much for sharing it!

wilktitus by wilktitus | FAIRBURN, GA
Aug 02, 2010

I will try w/o ham. Plenty of protein and texture w/o it!

Martinique by Martinique | Gainesville, TX
Jul 31, 2010