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This post was in collaboration with Blogger Babes and TODAY. During the holidays it really hits me that my family is on the other side of the country. Although I’ve made a new life for myself in the many years I’ve lived in Los Angeles, the memories of my family will forever be with me, especially those of us gathered around the table.

There’s nothing like my uncle’s pernil, my cousin’s ham, my mother’s arroz con gandules, and my aunt’s macaroni salad. In fact, her salad became the staple for everyone’s holiday meal. It’s super easy to make, and oh so tasty.

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Now about that macaroni and ham salad. If you’d like to try it out, here’s the recipe:

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Ingredients ½ green bell pepper diced ½ red bell pepper diced ¼ lb of ham steak diced 2 cups of elbow macaroni 8-10 spanish olives 1 tablespoon of spanish olives juice 1 tablespoon green onion diced 2 tablespoon of mayonnaise 1 teaspoon of white vinegar sea salt to taste 1 teaspoon olive oil

Preparation Boil pasta with olive oil. Dice peppers and set aside. Dice ham and set aside. Drain pasta and cool with ice cubes. Stir in bell peppers, olives and ham. Add mayonnaise, vinegar and combine all ingredients. Add green onions on top and done!

This post was in collaboration with Blogger Babes and TODAY.