This is one of the most popular salads in Japan and everyone knows how to make it. It is easy to make and its flavour depends on which mayonnaise to use and the amount of seasonings. Fresh onion and sweet corn are essential for my salad. This salad strangely brings back the memory of the tacky kitchen in a little house where my family used to live when I was very young. Those days my mother often used fish meat sausages instead of ham slices. I wonder if those fish meat sausages are still available in Japan.


4 to 6 Servings


Macaroni (Maccheroni) 2 cups *about 200g
Cucumber 1 continental cucumber OR 2 smaller ones *thinly sliced
Sweet Corn Kernels 1/2 cup
Onion 1/4 *thinly sliced
Ham 4 slices *cut into about 2cm squares
Boiled Eggs 2 *coarsely chopped
Japanese Mayonnaise 1/3 to 1/2 cup
Salt & Pepper

  1. Thinly slice Cucumber into a bowl. Add 1/4 teaspoon Salt and massage, then rest for a while.
  2. Cook Macaroni in a large saucepan of salted boiling water as instructed. Drain, rinse with cold water and drain very well.
  3. Squeeze the Cucumber to remove excess water.
  4. Place the cooked Macaroni, Cucumber, Corn, Onion, Ham and Boiled Eggs in a large bowl, add Japanese Mayonnaise and combine well. Season with Salt and Pepper as required.