Mac Salad from a Plate Lunch is the only macaroni salad recipe I have ever really liked. Most macaroni salads that I have been served have goofiness such as bay shrimp, green onion, celery or cubes of ham. This recipe is basically just cold macaroni in a creamy dressing, and it’s total comfort food. You would be hard-pressed to argue that there is anything healthy about this recipe, so we don’t make it often. When we do make it though, we usually go whole-hog and have teriyaki chicken and steamed rice as well. This recipe also works well for potlucks and barbecues because it makes a lot of salad without a lot of extra effort. It is unusual for me to take to a recipe like this because the author doesn’t give exact amounts for anything; I hate that, usually. In this case, however, the descriptions are apt and the resulting salad has always turned out fantastic for me.