Macaroni and Pea Salad

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This week’s lunch box is just one of my favorite meals. I love Macaroni and Pea Salad with Cheese. Everyone I know loves this salad. This simple, easy lunch box was quick to put together and tasted delicious when we sat down at the ice rink to eat!

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Easy Lunch Box

I packed this lunch in our set of Easy Lunch Boxes. Did you know these lunch boxes are super economical? I’ve been using them for a year now and still love how convenient they are to use – not to mention easy!

I also included a sandwich packed in a plastic baggie. The sandwich was made with Italian Bread, mayonnaise, Swiss Cheese, and a vegetarian deli slice. Easy!

I brought along these darling, brightly colored paper plates that I bought at the Dollar Tree.

What I Packed

  • Sandwich with Cheese and a Deli Slice
  • Macaroni and Pea Salad {recipe below}
  • Fresh Cherries
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Ranch Dressing in a Salad Dressing Container
  • Sweet Leaf Half & Half Lemonade Tea

Macaroni and Pea Salad with Cheese

  • 3 cups dry macaroni
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp. celery seed
  • 6 oz. frozen sweet green peas
  • 1 can of olives, sliced
  • 8 oz. grape tomatoes sliced in half
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook macaroni according to package directions. When the macaroni is cooked, drain and rinse well with cold water until macaroni has cooled. Drain excess water from macaroni and add noodles to a large mixing bowl.

Add remaining ingredients to the macaroni noodles and mix until combined. Taste to see if the salad needs salt and/or pepper. Add more mayonnaise if the salad seems dry.

Chill salad in refrigerator until you are ready to serve or pack your Easy Lunch Boxes and store in the refrigerator until time to leave the house.

Note: Of course, this macaroni salad is perfect for picnics, potlucks, lunch time, a ladies luncheon, as a side dish… really, it’s just perfect! 

You can purchase your own set of Easy Lunch Boxes and Salad Dressing Cups at I’ve been using ours for a year now and still love them – and they still look brand new!

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  1. This looks delicious! I haven't had mac salad since the summer and now I'm dying for warm weather again- it's the perfect summer side dish- thanks for sharing! I stopped by from Think Tank Thursday!
  2. Tasty!! I love macaroni salad, it's always so fresh and light... yours looks amazing :) Makes me yearn for spring and summer! Thank you for linking up to Friday Favorites :D Enjoy your weekend!
  3. I will just love your Macaroni Pea Salad with Cheese, it looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon! Miz Helen
  4. Macaroni salad and sweet pea salad are very popular here. But I've never had the two combined. Good idea! Thanks for sharing with See Ya in the Gumbo this week.