Mega Macaroni Salad

Mega Macaroni Salad Recipe

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Sheila Kremer


This is my go-to recipe when I need to make a large amount of salad for fundraiser meals. I mix this in my 13 quart stainless steel bowl and then chill in refrigerator in a 3 gallon pail until serving time. Cook time includes chilling time in the refrigerator. I wrote this out as I make it in a step-by-step manner so that my daughters could also make it.

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3 lb
elbow macaroni, cooked, rinsed and cooled
eggs, hard boiled, peeled and chopped
1 lb
frozen peas, thawed
2 c
real bacon pieces (not bacos)
1 lb
mild cheddar cheese, cubed in small pieces
2 qt
8 oz
dijon mustard
10 oz
dill pickle relish
large sweet onion, finely shredded
1/4 c

How to Make Mega Macaroni Salad


  • 1Boil macaroni in large kettle until tender. Remove from heat and drain in two colanders; rinse with cold running water until cool and drain well.
    While the macaroni is cooking, set the peas in a small colander and rinse with cold water to thaw and let drain.
    Peel and chop the eggs. I usually cook the eggs the day before I need them and then store in the fridge so they are easier to peel.
    Cube the cheese and set aside.
    Shred onion in mini food processor and mix together the mayonnaise, dijon mustard, dill pickle relish, onion and 1/4 cup sugar and set in fridge to chill.
  • 2Once the macaroni has cooled and is drained well, pour into 13 quart mixing bowl.
    Pour the dressing over and stir well.
    Stir in eggs, bacon pieces, peas and cheese.
    Cover bowl with foil and store in refrigerator over night.
    Check the salad the next morning and if it seems dry, add in more mayo/mustard combination (2 cups mayo and 2 tablespoons mustard mixed together). Put in pail and refrigerate until serving time.

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About Mega Macaroni Salad

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American