Macaroni Garden Salad Recipe
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Macaroni Garden Salad Recipe

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Bonnie Sturgeon of Berwick, New Brunswick enjoys making this delightful salad during the summer. Tomato, cucumber and sweet red pepper are tossed with macaroni and herbs, then coated in a creamy fat-free mayonnaise dressing. Serve it as a light lunch or as a side dish with your favorite meat for supper.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1 cup cooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped seeded cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 181 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 426mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. In a bowl, combine the macaroni, tomato, cucumber, red pepper, basil and parsley. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper until blended. Pour over macaroni mixture and stir until coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Macaroni Garden Salad in Light & Tasty August/September 2004, p62

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wrenjen523 User ID: 7407554 125970
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"So I used the salad as a jumping off point. I don't use parsley in my food because I feel its a waste of my money, not because I don't like it. I don't get enough use out of the bunch to make it worth my purchase. I also added canadian bacon and turkey pepperoni and egg to make it a very solid meal. It was delicious, and the dressing, which I was a bit uncertain of at first turned out delicious. I also don't use fat free mayo or miracle whip because I dislike the taste."

cheriwinkle User ID: 1239361 140379
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2010

"This makes a good, fresh-tasting salad. Fresh basil is hard to get here, so I used dried basil-3/4 tsp. for 1 Tbs. fresh. I added some chopped red onion and used Miracle Whip Light instead of FF mayo - also added cubed ham to make this a meal salad."

lbailla1 User ID: 1814645 145883
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2009

"very good!"

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