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Macaroni Salad for a crowd is an easy to make recipe for potlucks, covered dish suppers and when you're entertaining. With celery, onion and a simple dressing it's always a crowd pleaser.

Macaroni Salad For A Crowd

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes


  • 1 pound uncooked elbow macaroni (1 box)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup red onion - chopped
  • 3 ribs celery - cleaned and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons parsley - chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper


  • Per instructions on pasta box, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon of salt to water and add pasta. Cook 8-9 minutes for al dente tenderness. Drain pasta and rinse with cool water.
  • To a large bowl, add pasta, red onion and celery. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl or lidded jar, add mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, vinegar, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix together until creamy. Pour dressing over pasta and veggies. Mix gently making sure all pasta is coated with dressing. Sprinkle on parsley and taste, then adjust seasoning.
  • Serve immediately. Can be stored, cover in refrigerator for up to two days.