Ensalada de coditos (Mexican macaroni salad)

Ensalada de coditos is a delicious Mexican macaroni salad made with simple yet flavorsome ingredients, this salad is also very versatile and can be adapted to ingredients you have in your kitchen pantry.

The dressing alone has a depth of flavors that make you keep coming back for more.

Ensalada de coditos on a white dish.

What is ensalada de coditos?

Ensalada de coditos is a delicious salad made with macaroni, ham, and a touch of pineapple. It is vibrant, rich, and creamy. The best thing about this salad is that it takes less than 30 minutes to make it.

Although the salad is very popular in Mexico, you will find its several variations as you move from one Latin American country to another. Despite the use of different ingredients, this Mexican macaroni salad is super delicious and refreshing.

Mexican macaroni salad on a white plate.

Ingredients you need

Ensalada de coditos is pretty easy to make. All the ingredients are usually staples and always available in any kitchen pantry. Here is a detailed list of everything you need:

  • Pasta: the main ingredient of this salad is pasta. Macaroni serves the purpose pretty well. You can choose wholewheat pasta as well.
  • Ham: Ham has a smoky and slightly sweet flavor we all love. Plus, the soft texture brings in a variety in the salad.
  • Sweet corn: Sweet corn brings in flavor, color, and texture to the salad.
  • Pineapple: The sweetness and tartness from the pineapples bring is so much flavor and texture to the salad. It is a fun way of adding an extra touch.
  • Carrots: Carrots add a bright color to the salad. Plus, not to forget its many benefits!
  • Pickled jalapenos: Spicy, sour, and subtle pickled jalapeno act as a game-changer for this salad. Here’s also our recipe to make pickled jalapeños at home.
Ingredients displayed on a marble surface.

For Dressing

  • Mayonnaise: Mayonnaise sets the base for the salad dressing. It is creamy and rich. You can use Greek yogurt instead, for a healthy version.
  • Mexican crema: It is another creamy ingredient that builds up the dressing. If you don’t have Mexican crema, you can use sour cream or regular cream.
  • Yellow mustard: the crisp, tangy, and tart flavor of mustard gives the dressing a new life.
  • Vinegar from pickled jalapenos: This ingredient is amazing. It is often ignored, but it is the thing that has all the flavor.
  • Seasonings: Plain salt and pepper are enough.
The dressing ingredients labeled and displayed on a marble surface.

How To Make It

  • Cook macaroni pasta in salted water until tender. Check out Jamie Oliver tips for cooking pasta (video)!
  • Drain pasta onto a large mixing bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of mayo. Coat evenly and let it cool down, stirring from time to time as it cools.
  • Add corn, ham, pineapple, carrots and pickled jalapeños.
  • Add all ingredients for dressing, then mix to coat well.
  • Adjust with salt and pepper to your taste, cover the bowl and place it in the fridge until serving.
Mixing the salad on a bowl.

The extras you can add

  • Meat: Don’t want to add ham, no problem at all! You can use shredded or diced chicken, pulled pork, beef, turkey, and even shrimps.
  • Vegetables: You can use red onions, sweet peas, olives, and bell peppers as well for added color and crunch.
  • Fruits: Try it with green apples. The sweetness and crunch are so satisfying and go well with the other ingredients.
  • Herbs: You can add fresh parsley, cilantro, or chives to it as well.
Codito salad on bowl.

How to store this cold salad?

You can enjoy the ensalada de coditos leftovers for quite some time only if you store it properly. Cover the salad with clingfilm and place it in the refrigerator. It will last for up to 4 days.

A white deep serving dish containing Mexican macaroni salad.

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Ensalada de Coditos

Ensalada de coditos is a delicious Mexican macaroni salad made with simple yet flavorsome ingredients, this salad is also very versatile and can be adapted to ingredients you have in your kitchen pantry.
PREP 10 minutes
COOK 10 minutes
TOTAL 20 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 10 ½ oz macaroni pasta
  • 1 ½ cup ham (diced)
  • 1 cup canned sweet corn (drained)
  • 1 cup pineapple (diced)
  • ½ cup carrots (shredded)
  • 2 Tbsp pickled jalapenos (chopped)

Dressing

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ¾ cup Mexican crema (or sour cream or yogurt)
  • 2 Tbsp Yellow mustard
  • 3 Tbsp vinegar (from pickled jalapenos)
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni pasta and cook until tender.
  • Drain pasta onto a large mixing bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise. Coat evenly and allow to cool down, stirring ocasionally as it cools.
  • Add ham, corn, pineapple, carrots and pickled jalapeno on the bowl with pasta.
  • Add mayonnaise, sour cream (or yogurt), vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper on top of veggies, then mix to coat well.
  • Adjust with salt and pepper to your taste, cover the bowl and place it in the fridge until serving.
Nutrition
Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 879mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2009IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Lots of memories, thank you! My mom used to add grapes to our ensalada de codito instead of pineapple.

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