Creamy Macaroni Salad

June 28, 2012

in Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Recipes, Sides & Salads, Vegetarian

Macaroni salad. Its a staple side dish for any summer BBQ. A perfect addition to a long weekend party.  It can be made the same day and served at room temp, or made ahead as well.

Creamy Macaroni Salad

Makes 6 1/2 cups (13 x 1/2 cup servings)


5 cups cooked brown rice elbow pasta (or pasta of choice). Should be approx 285 grams dry pasta.
1/2 of a red pepper, diced
1/2 of a green pepper, diced
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
3 tsp herb & garlic seasoning (like Mrs. Dash salt free seasoning)
1/4 tsp sea salt (omit if you’re using a seasoning that already contains salt)
Pepper (to taste)
1/4 cup 0% greek yogurt
3 Tbsp low fat mayo (or low fat sour cream)
1 Tbsp yellow mustard

*Optional* 1/4 cup celery, chopped


Cook macaroni according to package directions.  Meanwhile, chop up all veggies and place in a large bowl.  Once macaroni is done, drained and rinsed well, add to large bowl with veggies.

In a separate small bowl, add together yogurt, mayo salt, pepper, mustard and herb & garlic seasoning. Combine, pour over macaroni and toss.  Chill for 20-30 minutes in fridge.

*Tip: The next day, if you find the macaroni has hardened up, leave it at room temperature to take the chill off and it should go back to its regular consistency.

Nutrition (per 1/2 cup serving)   Calories: 92   Fat: 1.1 g   Carbs: 18 g   Fiber: 1 g   Sugars: 1 g   Sodium: 97 mg   Protein: 2 g

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  • Kristy

    How do you think this would be with Macaroni Miracle Noodles?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      It would probably work fine! Just make sure the noodles are rinsed well and patted so they’re very dry. The end result will be mushier, but if you’re ok with that, it would probably taste fine.

      • Kristy


  • Anna @ The Guiltless Life

    Yummy! You know I loved your potato salad so I am sure this will be an equally huge hit. Can’t wait to try!

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