Turn the remaining ham to the main attraction, with many fresh veggies and delicious pasta dressed in the ranch. The pasta salads are so versatile because you can use a wide range of vegetables, chicken and ham proteins, add cheeses and dress up and use anything from the dressing of Italian to the mayonnaise. Include all the essential pasta salads for Ham and Cheese Pasta salad. Whether it’s ham and cheese sandwiches, sliders, or pinwheels for ham and cheese, many options are available where this special ham and cheese combination is perfect. For vegetables, I used colourfully light green baby peas, and when you bite into pea, you get this little crucible. I’ve also just included some fine red onion, but not too much to over-bear.
1 (8 ounces) package medium pasta shells
1 (10 ounces) package frozen peas, thawed
¼ pound deli ham, diced
1 cup diced Cheddar cheese
¼ cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Fill a pot with some salted water and bring it to boil. Stir pasta and cook until it is soft but solid for about 11 minutes.
In a large bowl, add a pan and mix the chilled pasta and stir. Stir in the cheddar, onion, mayonnaise, oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Cover and cool 1 hour before serving or until fully chilled.