Low carb shiratake noodles make this ham and cheese macaroni salad less than 1 gram carb per serving. Perfect recipe for picnics!
Macaroni salad is a usual staple at Memorial Day potluck picnics. However, I do miss it and it seems to go well with hotdogs and hamburgers.
I found an old recipe for a ham and cheese macaroni salad. I thought this would be a great addition to the family Memorial Day barbecue. Since I’m usually the one eating the bun-less meats with salads and fruits, having a little “pasta” with my meal will be a treat.
When I originally posted this recipe, I used Dreamfields pasta. It was later found that the impacting carbs are much higher than was stated on the box. Dreamfields had to change their labeling. You can find out more on that story here.
I no longer use Dreamfields pasta because it’s far from being low carb. And, it isn’t gluten-free. A better option is Miracle Noodles which are super low in calories and have virtually no carbs. Yay!
The Miracle Noodles ziti is a perfect replacement for macaroni noodles for this ham and cheese macaroni salad. You do need to ensure you prep them properly to get the best taste, though.
How do you prepare shiratake noodles? It’s easy. You just need to drain the package, soak them in water for 5-10 minutes, drain again, then stir fry them in a dry pan until they feel like they are sticking to the pan.
Once the noodles are prepared, you can use them just as you’d use any cooked pasta. There are many different brands. I’ve been using Miracle Noodles. Just be sure to check the label Some noodles are lower in carbs than others.
You’ll want to take along this super easy low carb ham and cheese macaroni salad to your summer picnics. It goes great along with grilled meat.
Most commercially prepared mayonnaise uses seed oil. I find avocado oil based mayo is the best. And, it’s super easy to make your own. I just whip up two egg yolks with a cup of avocado oil along with a bit of sea salt and mustard with a stick blender.
You certainly don’t have to skip your favorite picnic foods just because you follow a low carb diet. There are so many wonderful products on the market that makes it simple to continue to eat your favorite foods.
I never thought I could continue to eat pasta salads on low carb. But, shiratake noodles make this possible. This low carb ham and cheese macaroni salad is just one example.
Low Carb Shiratake Noodle Ham and Cheese Macaroni Salad
Ham and Cheese Macaroni Salad
- 14 ounces shiratake ziti Miracle Noodles 2 packages
- 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese cut into small cubes
- 1/2 cup cooked ham cubed
- 1/2 cup dill pickles chopped
- 2 hard boiled eggs chopped
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Prep Miracle Noodles by draining, soaking for 5 minutes, draining again, and then stir frying in a dry pan over medium heat until noodle feel like they are sticking to the pan. You may want to cut up an longer noodles into smaller pieces.
Mix together first five ingredients.
Blend together mayonnaise and Dijon mustard.
Stir mayonnaise mixture into pasta mixture until well combined.
Store in refrigerator. Serve chilled.