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 (trace saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 408mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 1 vegetabl


  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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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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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