Fast Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Fast Macaroni Salad Recipe

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Frankiee Bush from Freedom, Indiana shares the recipe for this refreshing and creamy pasta salad. Chopped veggies give it crunch, and cherry tomatoes add vibrant color.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 3 tablespoons chopped carrot
  • 3 tablespoons chopped peeled cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons chopped radishes
  • 1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 107 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 408mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a small bowl, combine the macaroni and vegetables.
  2. In another bowl, combine the mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Stir before serving. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Macaroni Salad in Cooking for 2 Fall 2007, p55

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carol678 User ID: 2447603 137664
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2014

"This is a wonderful recipe! If you love the taste of veggies and/or are looking for ways to reduce the salt that often comes with dressings, try this one. Great fresh taste."

ChrissySoileau User ID: 7206877 155345
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

"I liked this recipe, but I did do a few things differently. I used a full fat mayo, just because I prefer the taste. I also added chopped ham from one I had boiled. It was delicious and turned this side into a meal for me."

Lvk User ID: 4659358 69947
Reviewed May. 24, 2013

"I grated the carrot and used Miracle Whip

salad dressing (instead of Mayo) which has a sweetness to it. Also added a little more pepper and a wee bit of paprika."

Tmama71 User ID: 5989803 63750
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"I made this for the first time this weekend. Because so many of the reviews talked about the dressing not having much flavor, I added celery seed, lemon juice, a little sugar and sour cream to it. Really made it taste great! I made this the night before to enhance the flavors."

bhuffman User ID: 2060368 155341
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2012

"I use this same basic recipe. I add cubed Colby cheese, some chopped onion, leave out the cucumber & carrots. I also add some sugar & a spritz of lemon juice. Gives the dressing a little more flavor."

star's39 User ID: 4618493 158758
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2012

"this is similar to my favorite MOM's macaroni salad, she added tuna, eggs, green pepper. added a touch of mustard to the salad dressing. yum yum"

cookingofqueen User ID: 4967790 207901
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2011

"Make sure to add a couple of diced hard boiled eggs for flavor!"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 69946
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"I liked all the veggies in this macaroni salad, however the "dressing" if you can call it that, fell short. I made it earlier this evening, and just tasted it now that it's chilled, and it has no flavor at all."

kitzer User ID: 4188178 78899
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2011

"This NEEDS seasoning(s)!!!"

notgourmet User ID: 3488861 158755
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2009 Edited Apr. 10, 2009

"Loved this salad. When I didn't have a cucumber, I substituted zucchini. I have also added onion and red pepper at times."

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