Great salad to bring to a pot luck dinner! Feel free to mix up the layers with different salad ingredients that you have – I like tossing in different veggies like bell peppers and cucumbers. You can make the salad in advance, just wait until the last minute to stir in the dressing.
1 cup small macaroni shells
4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch sticks
1 small onion, sliced (red or yellow onion)
1 package (10 oz) frozen green peas, thawed
4 hard boiled eggs, diced
1/2 pound cooked ham, cur into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup light mayonnaise
1 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill (or 1 tsp dillweed)
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
1. Cook macaroni shells following the package directions. Drain well in a colander and rinse with cold water until cool.
2. Place lettuce in an even layer at the bottom of a clear bowl. Arrange carrot sticks over the lettuce. Cover with a layer of onion, then macaroni, peas, egg, and ham. Sprinkle the top with Swiss cheese. Cover with plastic wrap.
3. Combine the mayonnaise, dill, and black pepper in a small bowl. Stir well to combine.
4. Chill both the salad and dressing for several hours. Just before serving, toss dressing into salad well to coat.