Friday, April 24, 2009

FRUITY HAM AND PASTA SALAD

1 can (11-oz) mandarin orange sections
1 (8 1/4-oz)can pineapple chunks
1 (6 3/4-oz) can chunk-style ham
1 cup corkscrew macaroni, uncooked
1/3 cup salad dressing OR mayonnaise
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp vinegar
1/4 tsp celery seed
2 cups torn salad greens
1 stalk celery, sliced
2 tbsp sunflower seeds, optional

Chill unopened cans of oranges, pineapple, and ham in the freezer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Turn macaroni into a bowl of ice water. Let stand for 5 minutes. Drain well.

To make dressing: In a small mixing bowl, stir together salad dressing or mayonnaise, honey, vinegar, and celery seed. Stir to blend well.

Drain fruits and ham. Flake the ham into chunks. In a large bowl, toss together macaroni, orange sections, pineapple, ham, salad greens, and celery. Pour dressing atop the salad. Toss well to coat. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds, if desired.

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