Vintage Mikasa china meets macaroni salad – cool for summer

Mikasa meets macaroni

Cool summer salads can hit the spot on these hot, dog days, and all year round. And it's especially fun to eat from a charming vintage bowl -- in this case, a macaroni salad in a cereal bowl by Mikasa, Sumay pattern, Eclipse line.

This ware looks like it's from the 1960s or 1970s. The colors are cute, and so is the motif.

The macaroni salad is something that we had at home, simple to make, zingy with pickles and great to use up leftover ham.

Macaroni salad recipe

2 c. elbow macaroni
1 c. mayonnaise (or a bit more if the salad seems too dry)
2 c. cooked ham, cubed
2 t. celery seed
1 c. sweet pickles, diced

Cook macaroni according to package directions. You will want it at, or just past, al dente, because it won't be cooked again. Rinse the pasta in cool water to stop the cooking when done.

While the pasta is cooking, mix the remaining ingredients. Drain the cooked pasta and fold into the bowl.

Of course, any of these ingredients may say "about," because, when it comes to salad, there's no reason not to add more or less of something.

And that's it. So simple. And if you feel like using a different pasta, or adding another ingredient that sounds good to you, then it's your salad creation.

Just like mix and match dinnerware. Experimenting should be fun!

For more recipes and dinnerware ideas, check out our post about vintage Mikasa china in the Gem pattern, and Mikasa Potters Art china.

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