Macaroni Salad Week is awesome, isn't it? I like that removing almost all of the mayonnaise allows you to incorporate cheese into the mix. Cheddar and poblano chiles is a potentially classic combination, as is goat cheese and asparagus. The Cobb salad, one of California's great contributions to the universe (besides after-work surfing excursions), features umami-packed blue cheese. Plus, we couldn't let Macaroni Salad Week pass by with no bacon.

Scrap the salad greens and sub in macaroni for a delightfully busy pasta salad that's almost as attractive as it is delicious. Serve with grilled chicken for a satisfying weeknight dinner, and savor the leftovers for lunch the next day.

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