Mega Macaroni Salad

"Made this yesterday for a fund-raising benefit tonight and while the recipe is still in my brain I thought I'd better post it so the next time I make a pailful of salad I remember the proportions. I mixed this in my 13 quart mixing bowl and then put it in a 3 gallon pail to transport to the benefit."
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Ready In:
3 gallons




  • Boil 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.
  • Mix together the dressing ingredients and set in fridge to chill.
  • Once 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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I live in southeastern South Dakota, near the Missouri River. I am managing editor of the weekly newspaper in a small town ten miles from where I live. I also keep busy with my 13 year old son's activities. It's been a challenge to learn to cook in smaller quantities since both of my daughters are grown and on their own. I enjoying cooking, baking, collecting cookbooks, trying new recipes, reading, hunting, fishing and bowling. My favorite cookbooks are church cookbooks. I have a church cookbook that I received from an aunt as a shower gift 25 years ago that has become "well-worn" and is my "go-to" cookbook along with a couple of other cookbooks that I frequently use. The rest of my cookbooks also get used but not as often as my favorites. My kids laugh at me as I read cookbooks like others read novels and always have sticky notes handy to mark pages with recipes that I want to try.
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