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Macaroni Salad for a Crowd

Simple but flavorful every bite of this Easy Macaroni Salad for a Crowd recipe is creamy, tangy and delicious! 
Perfect for a graduation party, big family parties and cookouts this Amish style macaroni salad side dish for a crowd is an economical way to feed people.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Macaroni Salad for a Crowd
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 43 minutes
Servings 100 servings
Calories 219kcal
Author Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life

Ingredients

  • 8 pounds macaroni
  • 16 stalks celery finely chopped
  • 8 medium onions finely chopped
  • 8 green bell peppers finely chopped
  • 2 cups carrots shredded

Dressing

  • 64 ounces mayonnaise
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup mustard
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar

Instructions

  • Boil water in extra large stock pot and salt heavily. Add macaroni and cook until tender. Drain immediately and place under cold running water.
  • Cut vegetables into small, even pieces. Can be done ahead of time if desired.
  • Measure and stir dressing ingredients well.
  • Add vegetables into dressing and stir well.
  • Add pasta and stir well. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours, up to 48 hours.
  • Stir before serving to keep salad moist and delicious!

Notes

I prefer to make this recipe in 4 batches which makes it easier to stir and manage:
  • 2 lbs macaroni
  • 2 cups or 16 ounces of mayo
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons or 1/3 cup mustard
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups onion
  • 4 stalks or 2 cups of chopped celery
  • 2 cups or 1 1/2 green bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots

Nutrition

Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 477mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 507IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg