‘Japanese Macaroni Salad’ is one of my family’s favourite salads. I started using any short Pasta for the salad because I couldn’t find long Macaroni in Melbourne where I live. So I should call it ‘Japanese Pasta Salad’. This salad is basically the same salad, but I added Curry Powder. This curry flavoured version is also very popular, and I believe you would enjoy it.


4 Servings


2 cups Dry Elbows Pasta, Macaroni OR Short Pasta of your choice *about 200g
1 Continental Cucumber *thinly sliced
1/4 Red Onion *thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon Salt
4 sliced Ham *about 50g
2 Boiled Eggs *coarsely chopped
1/3 to 1/2 cup Japanese Mayonnaise
1 to 2 teaspoons Curry Powder
Slat & Pepper *optional

  1. Cook Pasta in boiling salted water as instructed.
  2. Thinly slice Cucumber and place in a mixing bowl. Add thinly sliced Onion, 1/4 teaspoon Salt, mix well, and set aside.
  3. Cut Ham into bite-size pieces, and add to the bowl. Coarsely cut Boiled Eggs and add to the bowl.
  4. Drain the cooked Pasta, rinse with cold water, drain very well, and add to the bowl. Add Japanese Mayonnaise and Curry Powder, and mix to combine. Taste it, and add extra Salt OR Pepper if required.