Ansalda de Coditus

The Puerto Rican Macaroni Salad (Ensalada de Coditos) is the perfect addition to bring to any holiday or family picnic. Cold salad with macaroni (Ensalada fria de Coditos), pork, green olives and hard-boiled eggs go well with a deadly pasta salad recipe. Although similar to an American macaroni salad, this pasta salad with mayo takes it to the next level.

Sour Cream Dill Pasta Salad is another great recipe for a cold macaroni salad to prepare and share with friends and family. It really makes a delicious dish at Christmas dinner!

How to make Ansalda de Coditus

Here’s how to make a Puerto Rican macaroni salad (Como hacer ensalada de códitos).

  • Prepare the hard-boiled eggs – Use your favorite method. We always make an instant pot of hard-boiled eggs. They are far from the hand and the easiest to peel. Some suckers boil the eggs with the pasta, when making a cold pasta salad, but we are not fans of this method.
  • Prepare the macaroni – Boil the elbow macaroni (pasta de coditos) in salted water to al dente, according to the packaging instructions. Strain and immediately toss in olive oil, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Prepare the rest of the ingredients – While the macaroni is cooking, chop the rest of the ingredients and set aside until the elbow pasta cools.
  • Stir, taste and repeat – Once the elbow pasta has cooled, mix in all the ingredients, tasting and adjusting as needed. You may need a little more salt, olive salt water or mayo! This is the best part of Ensalada de Coditos – you can customize it to your liking.

The ingredients for Anslade de Coditus are separated into clear bowls.

Ingredients Ensalada de Coditos

These are the basic traditional ingredients for making a Puerto Rican macaroni salad (Ensalada de Coditos Receta); Keep reading to find variations you might like: elbow macaroni, light olive oil, diced pork, red onion, red pepper, mayonnaise, green olives, olive salt water, hard-boiled eggs and salt.

Elbow Pasta Recipes

Here are some popular variations of Ensalada de Coditos:

Ensalada de Coditos (Puerto Rican Macaroni Salad)

The Ensalada de Coditos pasta salad recipe below is the Puerto Rican version. It is laden with green olives and hard-boiled eggs.

Macaroni salad with tuna (Ensalada de Coditos y Atún)

Toss a can of squeezed tuna into the mixture to turn it into a macaroni salad with tuna.

Ingredients for Anslade de Coditus in a large clear bowl surrounded by a white napkin.

Macaroni salad with pork (Ensalada de Coditos con Jamón)

You look at it. You can pick up a fresh board of pork at the grocery store or use leftover pork. We find that making a pasta salad with mayo is the best use of leftover pork after the holiday.

Macaroni salad with chicken (Ensalada de Coditos con Pollo)

Replace the grated or diced chicken meat. Chicken does not add flavor like pork, so you may need to add a little more of the other ingredients, including salt.

Mexican Pasta Salad (Ensalada de Coditos Mexicano)

Mexican macaroni salad is served in many siestas, fiestas and quinces. Serve it with our Karna Asada recipe or Taco Karna Asada for a complete meal. To make this version, simply add 1/4 cup Mexican sour cream and a cup of canned vegetables (think carrots, peas and corn). Occupied Jelpanius would also be a great addition.

Spam salad

Looking to make a Spam Pasta Salad? Replace equal parts of the meat with spam. You can also toss a pineapple to turn it into a Hawaiian Pasta Spam Salad.

Vegetarian pasta salad

Omit the meat together, but soak up the rest of the ingredients.

Macaroni salad without mayo

Not a Mayo fan? Do not be afraid. Replace the mayonnaise with 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar), and 2 teaspoons yellow mustard or dijon.

A close-up of sweet peppers marinated in a clear mason jar.  The jar is surrounded by fresh banana peppers, a white napkin and a small wooden chopping board.

More delicious toppings to consider adding

To boost your cold salad, consider adding any of the ingredients below to take this addition to the next step.

Pickled peppers (including pickled banana peppers pictured above!)

Pickled red onions

Celery cut into cubes



Cheese (cut into small cubes)

Puerto Rican pasta salad versus a classic macaroni salad

Olives are the main difference between Ensalada de Coditos and a classic macaroni salad. Both are made with elbow macaroons, cream mayonnaise, onions and often eggs, but the yellow mustard, vinegar and pickles in a classic American macaroni salad are not found in a Puerto Rican macaroni salad. The vinegar and pickles are replaced with salted olives. They both have mayonnaise sauce. Duke’s mayonnaise is what we use in our macaroon salad.

Product photo of Duke's mayonnaise.

Comments and tips for a recipe by Ensalada de Coditos

  • Use instant bone stock or vegetable stock instead of water to enhance the flavor of the macaroni.
  • Use in Large pot, Dutch oven Or a large bowl. Once the noodles are puffed and you try to add the ingredients, you will want to have more space!
  • Ceramic elbow pasta salad improves with age. Try to prepare it 24 hours in advance for the best taste.
  • The pasta does suck up the sauce as it cools. You may need to add a little more meow if you find you need a little more ceramic.
  • Be sure to refrigerate the cooked pasta before adding the mayonnaise to it. If you add cold mayonnaise to hot pasta it can separate. Ugh.
  • Use the mayonnaise you enjoy and one that indicates oil as the first ingredient. Some people mention water as the first ingredient and they will not mix well.
  • Another great Dominican recipe perfect for the holiday season is Sancocho Domincano.

How long can I keep a macaroni salad?

This delicious salad dressing is stored for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Since this is a pasta salad with mayo, you will need to toss it if it stays out for more than a few hours.

Can you freeze Ensalada de Coditos?

Negative. Do not even try. Mayonnaise does not freeze well. This extra kitchen is best when consumed within 3 days.

Ensalada de Coditos (Puerto Rican macaroni salad) in a large white bowl surrounded by small bowls of hard-boiled eggs, coriander and olives.

With what to serve the Ensalada de Coditos

Instant pot ribs

A fluffy sandwich

Prime Rib (Prime Rib recipe, smoked Prime Rib, Wade Prime Rib horse)

Smoked beef almonds

Instant Adobe Chicken Pot

Recipes for chicken wings (chicken chicken wings or sucker chicken wings)

Prime rib sandwich

What drinks combined with a macaroni salad

Wine – Chardonnay not made of oak, Sauvignon Blanc, dry Riesling

Beer – Brown elk, dry pear cider or even Michalda will be killers!

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