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Macaroni Salad for 100

Whenever I make this traditional pasta salad, hungry guests leave few leftovers. I've been relying on this classic recipe for years.—Marna Dunn, Bullhead City, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    100 servings


  • 5 to 6 pounds fully cooked ham, cubed
  • 5 to 6 pounds macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 3 pounds shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 bags (20 ounces each) frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 bunches celery, chopped (about 12 cups)
  • 2 large onions, chopped (2 to 2-1/2 cups)
  • 2 cans (5-3/4 ounces each) pitted ripe olives, drained and sliced
  • 8 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) Western or French salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons onion salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • In several large bowls, combine the first seven ingredients. In a large bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients; pour over ham mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 274 calories, 22g fat (6g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 607mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • Carb_eater
    Jul 4, 2014

    This is a great salad. A must have for your potluck or big occasion. I cut the recipe in one quarter and it still came out fantastic. It still was a lot of salad.

  • grammaberr
    Jul 31, 2010

    This looks like a great macaroni salad and I would really like to make this, could you down-size the recipe for 12 or less?