Macaroni Salad for a Crowd Recipe -
Macaroni Salad for a Crowd Recipe
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Macaroni Salad for a Crowd

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"Basic and super easy macaroni salad that I make for family gatherings. I make mine with dill relish but you could change it if you prefer the sweet. Looks good and tastes even better the next day. The more you make it, the quicker you will get. Can be served right away, or make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    25 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place macaroni in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the cooked pasta, grated eggs, olives, onion, and relish with some of the liquid. Mix in mustard and mayonnaise, increasing the amount of mayonnaise as desired. Season with salt and pepper. Top with sliced eggs, and sprinkle with paprika to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 01, 2007

I am the poster of this recipe, and I just made this yesterday and tried to pay more attention to the measurements. I would say I used about one cup of mayonnaise, not the 1/2 called for in the recipe. I also did not drain any of the juice from the relish, just added the whole jar in. And I only used 10 eggs (8 in the salad and 2 on top) and 1/2 of a medium purple onion. If you use a food processor on the onion and olives it really saves a lot of time, and also helps cut down on the harshness of raw onion. I also use the big holes on a cheese grater on the boiled eggs. I really have never measured the stuff that goes into this before, so please feel free to eyeball it and adjust it to your own tastes!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 11, 2009

I did everything it said,I love to cook so I tried this receipe,it did not work for me.

Feb 05, 2006

Oh dear, I am sorry but I am gonna stretch here and give this 4 stars. First of all, I thought that there were too many eggs. I also thought that there was too much relish. I am used to making my macaroni salad the day before , therefore, I thought that this was dry. I did use a sweet yellow onion instead of red. Hubby liked the black olives, I hated them. I am going to go back to Amish Macaroni Salad . Thank you.

Jun 30, 2008

This was a hit at our last church potluck dinner. All I brought home was the empty container. The only changes I made were to use green olives instead of black and to add some chopped celery. Even my husband who usually doesn't like macaroni salad requested that I make it at home so he could have a bigger serving.

Oct 07, 2005

This recipe was great!!! Instead of the red onion, use green onion. Definately a crowd pleaser!

May 29, 2007

Not bad, I did make a few changes. I left out the black olives, cut the recipe in half, used sweet relish (all I had on hand)and reduced the amount in half. I will definitely make again.

Jun 09, 2009

This was a great recipe! My church loved it! I did too. I received so many compliments on it. I was suprise how many people prefer a macaroni salad with out the sugary taste. I added a celery for crunch. Will use again

Jun 18, 2008

This makes a ton! I used black and green olives for extra flavor. And no boiled eggs on top just because I was serving 50 and it was too much work! But I got lots of compliments and I've been eating the leftovers! Delish! This is my new regular for macaroni salad. :-)


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  • Calories
  • 472 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 48.2 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 323 mg
  • 108%
  • Fat
  • 22.6 g
  • 35%
  • Fiber
  • 3.9 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 18.3 g
  • 37%
  • Sodium
  • 740 mg
  • 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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