This chicken macaroni salad makes for a wonderful side dish to bring to any family gathering, summer barbecue and picnic. Very easy and quick to make, this dish is tasty and filling. It is also incredibly refreshing and has a delicate light flavor that no one could resist.

It is quite different from a traditional pasta salad with  lots of exciting flavors added. Sweet pineapple chunks and raisins, succulent marinated pimento peppers, crunchy carrots and green bell peppers, zesty sweet relish and creamy sharp cheddar cheese. And I love how cooked chicken adds more nutritional value to this salad making it a protein-rich dish.

I love the rainbow of colors from all the veggies and it looks very tempting and fresh.

It is served cold and is a piece of cake to make. Just boil your macaroni, cook chicken and add all the rest of the fun ingredients. Three simple steps and you have a hearty, satisfying meal.

You can absolutely use leftover chicken or rotisserie and save yourself a little bit of time. Thats what I usually do. And it is a great make-ahead option. It can stay in the fridge for up to 3 days, but I wouldn’t recommend freezing it because the mayonnaise dressing will separate when defrosted.

If you never heard of pimento peppers these are a spectacular addition to this salad. Pretty in  red and colorful they are very mild and sweet in flavor and even more aromatic than bell peppers. They are widely available, sold in a jar or a bottle and you can get them at any grocery store.

This salad  is also very affordable and will not break the bank even if you need to make a lot of it . With simple ingredients this recipe is a truly irresistible side dish that everyone will enjoy.