Mama made this every time there was an occasion. Even then, I was not a fan of apples. I guess my taste in fruits is really local – santol, rambutan, indian mango – but never apples, cherries, or oranges. The only time I liked apples was when Mama made her Chicken Macaroni Salad with Apples.
Mama did not leave a recipe so I just tried to remember what she did and what ingredients she used. I still do not have the heart to read her notebooks so I don’t know if they are there written there or not. So I had to ask my sister if one ingredient is there and she confirmed.
This salad is very easy to prepare. Just mix the following: cooked macaroni, shredded chicken, and chopped apples. I added celery because I love celery. Mama never added it before because it was not easy to find in our city. Mama also had this version where she put pineapples and raisins instead of apples. I loved that version, too.
For the dressing, add: real mayonnaise (Hellman’s) and chopped or shredded cheese (I used Velveeta in lieu of Eden Cheese). And here’s the secret ingredient, add sweetened condensed milk.
I like my salad to have a mix of the sour from the mayonnaise, salty from the cheese, and sweet from the milk.
I love it. I can eat it all day long. And it’s the only way I get to enjoy eating apples.