One of my fondest summer time salads growing up in Indiana was my grandma’s Classic Macaroni Salad With Cheese For A Crowd. It’s summer time comfort food, which is great for dinners, picnics or to take to pot lucks. 

Classic Macaroni Salad With Cheese For A Crowd

This is a simple and quick recipe that  is easy to make, chopping your ingredients while giving the noodles about 15 minutes to cook, then assemble in 5 minutes. The peas and celery give it a crisp fresh flavor. The result is a light summery pasta salad that everyone will enjoy. 

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Macaroni pasta salad with peas eggs mayonnaise and shredded cheese on top

It’s perfect to take to a barbecue, a summer shindig, a lake day, a picnic, or for your family dinners. Best part is it’s economical to make for a large crowd and it’s always a sure hit!

Pasta salad in a bowl with peas mayonnaise and shredded cheddar cheese on top
Macaroni salad ready to serve in a bowl with peas and shredded cheese mixed in
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Classic Macaroni Salad With Cheese For A Crowd

Servings: 18 side servings

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.


  • 4 cups elbow macaroni, 1 lb box
  • 3 cups celery chopped into small pieces
  • 4 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 8 hardboiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 4 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups frozen peas, uncooked
  • 2 cups mayonnaise


  • Cook macaroni al dente, firm to the bite. Drain and rinse in colander. Allow to drain for a few minutes.
  • Combine in a large bowl, celery, onion, relish, eggs, salt and peas
  • Gently fold in macaroni
  • Add a little more mayonnaise to if you like it creamier.
  • Cover and chill for at least on hour
  • Serve with cheese on top or stir in
Course: Salad
Author: Gina Dickson

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Classic macaroni salad in a bowl stirred in with mayonnaise peas celery eggs and shredded cheese on top