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Classic Macaroni Salad

Classic Macaroni Salad

Is it totally weird that we had risotto for dinner on Memorial Day? I spent the day making recipes, photographing, doing some reading for work and then my husband made risotto for dinner. Totally not typical Memorial Day food, but oh well. I guess we are a little weird like that.

Let’s talk about a food you might actually eat at a summer BBQ- good ol’ classic macaroni salad. Macaroni salad that is typically drowning in mayo, that is. I think I have told you guys about a bazillion times now how I HATE when pasta and potato salads are drowning in mayonnaise. Seriously, I hate it. It makes me want to gag.

Classic Macaroni Salad

I wanted to give the classic macaroni salad a little makeover. Typically, aside from some chopped onion and diced peppers, you don’t see a lot of veggies in the classic macaroni salad, so I threw in some fresh chopped broccoli, grape tomatoes, and peas to change things up a bit. Not only does it make the dish a little more nutritious, it adds a nice pop of color! I reduced the mayo and used light mayo and mixed in some fat free Greek yogurt. This pasta salad is light, but it’s also nice and creamy at the same time!

Classic Macaroni Salad

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Classic Macaroni Salad

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. elbow macaroni (any brand will do; I used whole grain pasta)
  • 3 tbs. fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup light mayo (I used the kind made with olive oil)
  • 2 tbs. cider vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chopped fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 cups sliced grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup cooked green peas

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta in a pot of salted boiling water according to the package directions. Drain and pour the pasta to a large bowl or container.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, mayo, vinegar, mustard powder, garlic powder and some salt and pepper.
  3. Add the veggies to the pasta. Pour in the dressing and mix until the pasta and veggies are all coated with the dressing. Season with additional salt and pepper if necessary.

Calories per serving: 165; Fat per serving: 3.6g

Feel free to add different veggies if desired - diced peppers and celery would also be great in this salad!

Classic Macaroni Salad

   

12 Responses to “Classic Macaroni Salad”

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    claire (@realnutritioncg) — May 29, 2013 at 10:46 am

    this is gorgeous!!!

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    Ashley — May 29, 2013 at 11:51 am

    We had lasagna on memorial day – ha not exactly grilling food either : ) I totally agree with you on the drowning in mayo thing – I can’t stand that. I love adding in some greek yogurt – this sounds delicious!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 29, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Nothing, and I mean nothing (!!) beats a classic like this. I always use greek yogurt in my macaroni salads. So good, plus you get a little protein kick :)

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Love that this mac salad is so chock full of veggies! It looks so delicious, Stephanie!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — May 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    So smart to lighten this up with Greek yogurt! It’s so bright and I’m sure it is delicious!

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — May 30, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Nothing says summer like macaroni salad! Looks delish

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    Ramona — May 30, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I love pasta salad… this looks like a winner. :)

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    ashley - baker by nature — May 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I think risotto on memorial day is just fine ;)

    And this macaroni salad looks DIVINE!

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    Ari @ Ari's Menu — May 30, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I love macaroni salad, and I love that you used Greek yogurt!

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    Karen (Back Road Journal) — June 1, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Love the photos of your very colorful macaroni salad…perfect for summer.

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — June 22, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Looks great! When I met Brian, one of the first things his family told me about him was that he was a macaroni salad freak but is never satisfied with any recipe. I made hims the perfect one! :)

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