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Salad Ideas for Large Groups

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When preparing food for a large group, it is a challenge to have enough, but not too much. This guide contains salad ideas for large groups.


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March 15, 2016

I am looking for a receipe for 200 for a macaroni salad for an event which is coming up shortly.

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March 15, 20160 found this helpful

You can use a favorite recipe-divide the number of servings for each ingredient in your recipe to find the amount of each ingredient for a single serving, then multiply each single serving ingredient amount by 200.

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March 29, 20160 found this helpful

I posted this the other day, I have the receipe, the question becomes how boxes or pounds of macaroni would I need?

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March 20, 20150 found this helpful

I want to get a recipe for macaroni salad, but the main thing is to actually give me an idea of quantities of ingredients.

By Cara

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March 22, 20150 found this helpful

Grandma Mohr's Macaroni Salad

One large package salad macaroni

1 large green bell pepper

1 small can pimento

One bunch green onions

4 stocks celery

6 hard boiled eggs


1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 p. sandwich spread

1 tbsp. Prepared Mustard

1 tbsp. paprika

1 tbsp. garlic salt

1 tbsp. cayenne pepper


Boil the macaroni to just done, drained and run under cold water to cool, while macaronis cooking cut peppers, onions and celery into medium sized pieces.

Mix all dressing ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly pour and cooled macaroni and chopped vegetables, gently mix in chopped hard boiled eggs.

It is even better the second day

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March 2, 2010

I need a pasta salad recipe that feeds 100 people for my sister's graduation party. Anybody have one?

By Lyd

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March 2, 20100 found this helpful

I always make spaghetti salad for large groups of people, it stays good for days in the fridge, so you can make it as you have time, not the morning of. I just wouldn't add the veggies until the day of so they stay crunchier. but you can def precut them all. for 20 people, I use 24oz spag noodles, one bottle catalina or french dressing and one bottle of Italian. (buy the cheap stuff, it tastes the same in the end) one can of olives, 2 cucumbers, 4 green onions and 2-4 tomatoes.

Boil spaghetti until aldente, rinse in cool water to stop the softening process, put in lg bowl, squirt both bottles spag dressing in and toss with tongs, refrigerate until needed. I suggest at least letting it sit in the fridge over night so the noodles can soak up some of the dressing. dice all veggies and keep in separate container until ready to serve, once ready to serve, toss with salad. So for 100, I would do this recipe x4 or 5. depending on how many other side dishes there will be.

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March 2, 20100 found this helpful

There are all kinds of online recipe sites that have these recipes. I can't remember where all I looked. I had to do this for my grandaughters graduation last spring. All I did was look for the amount of pasta and then added larger amounts of the ususal ingredients that I normally add for smaller amounts of pasta salad. One site that I look at quite often is

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March 19, 20100 found this helpful

Pasta of your choice (tri-color) is a good one

canned olives chopped

Italian dressing

bacon pieces

minced carrots and celery

parmesan optional



Ranch Dressing

chopped ham from 5lb loaf

canned olives chopped

minced carrots and celery

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March 14, 20160 found this helpful

I need a pasta salad receipe for 200 people for an event, need how much ingredients.

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March 22, 20160 found this helpful

I know the ingredients, the thing is how much pasta for 200.

Alot of the receipes say 8 oz. no way will that handle. I want to know how many pound boxes of pasta I would need. I planned to mix similiar to above receipe, but amounts is the problem.

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October 8, 20060 found this helpful

How much potato salad for 100 people?

Dodie from Horse Shoe, NC

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October 9, 20060 found this helpful

that is a rare question maybe 20 lbs

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October 10, 20060 found this helpful

Allowing for 2/3 cup per person - here is a recipe for 50. You can just double it. Doubled, it should make about 68 cups.

1 and 1/2 pounds bacon

&frac; cup flour

15 pounds potatoes, boiled cooked and diced

2 cup chopped onion

3 cup fine chopped green pepper

1 and 1/2 cups vinegar

6 cups water

2 tablespoons salt

1 sliced onion

1 teaspoon pepper

Parsley for garnish.

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October 10, 20060 found this helpful

i manage a deli/bakery and we usually suggest 1/4 lb per person

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October 10, 20060 found this helpful

According to my cook book you will need 4 1/2 gallons, good luck

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October 10, 20060 found this helpful

30 pounds potatoes

4 cups chopped onions

7 1/2 cups celery

30 hard boiled eggs


6 TBLS. salt

2 TBLS. pepper

2 quarts real mayonaise

2 quarts miricle whip

1/2 quart pickle relish

1 cup dill pickle juice or more if needed


Yellow Mustard to taste

Celery seed

Diced Carrots for color

Diced Green Pepper

Crumbled Bacon

Cubed cheese -small

Peel potatoes. Cook until tender but not mushy. Let cool overnight.

Next day:

Dice potatoes bite size. Set aside.


Mix all ingredients, except potatoes, really good.

Add potatoes. Mix really good.

Cover overnight to let flavors blend .


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March 28, 20160 found this helpful

I make potato salad for church alot. Usually we need 20 lbs. if you are having other food, ie: baked beans or other vegetables with the main course. If this is the only thing maybe that much.

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April 21, 2010

I need help estimating the cost of and ingredients needed for a salad for 50. I will be making it with a romaine and iceberg lettuce mix, shredded carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and salad dressing.

By Aaron from Nashville, TN

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April 22, 20100 found this helpful

Plan on 5 heads of Iceberg and 5 heads of Romaine. Restaurants only put a small portion of the other veggies in/on top of a salad so plan on 5 medium carrots (or less because shredded carrots are mainly for the color), 10 medium cucumbers and 12 small firm ripe tomatoes. Plan to place the dressings on the side. Four or five flavor choices and one bottle of each flavor should be just fine because a little dressing goes a long way ;-)

Cut the lettuce yourself (for freshness and to save money), cut the tomatoes in to 8 wedges each (about 4 wedges per salad) and the cucumbers sliced and halved (about 4 to 8 halves per salad depending on the slice size).

The cost is going to depend on the season and your area so go to the market and price your heads of lettuce, weigh the amounts of the other veggies and calculate ;-) Of course, peruse your salad dressing isle and add those to the calculation too.

Oh, and don't add the tomatoes and cucumbers until the very last minute or they will affect the crispness of the lettuce! You can premix the lettuce and carrots though ;-)

Hope this is helpful :-)

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April 23, 20100 found this helpful

I believe that I would call one of the Larger Churches there in Nashville. The ones that serve meals on Wednesday nights.

The person who plans and prepares those meals for such a large crowd would probably be glad to help you with the amounts you would need to buy to feed 50 people. And could probably tell you the best place to purchase your veggies too.

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February 21, 2008

I am planning a salad bar luncheon for 100 people. I need to know how much of the various items will feed this many people.

Brenda from Bisbee, AZ

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February 21, 20080 found this helpful

lettuce 20 lbs

cherry tomatoes 5 lbs

onion 5 lbs chopped

broccoli 5 lbs chopped

cauliflower 5 lbs chopped

sprouts 2 lbs


peas 5 lbs frozen

olives 10 cans

turkey 5 lbs chopped

ham 5 lbs chopped

chicken 5 lbs chopped

cheese 5 lbs shreaded

sunflowers 2 lbs sheled

diced egg 4 dozen

cucumbers 10

celery 1 bunch

thousand island dressing 1 gal

ranch dressing 1 gal

Italian Dressing 1 gal

We did this and this was the amounts we used, had some left over but people took it home.

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February 22, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks for the info. One less thing to stress about! :~)

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