Summer Chicken Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Summer Chicken Macaroni Salad Recipe

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For sunny, lazy days, I make a loaded macaroni salad that’s like three salads in one. The mix of fresh veggies, sweet peaches and crunchy pistachios is a surprisingly delicious combo. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed, shredded
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 5 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 3 medium peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 3/4 cup pistachios

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 312 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 379mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, mix chicken, peas, onions, celery, basil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, salt and pepper. Drain macaroni; rinse with cold water, then drain again. Add to chicken mixture.
  2. Mix yogurt, mayonnaise and remaining lemon juice. Add to salad and mix well. Add peaches and cheeses; toss gently. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Sprinkle with pistachios before serving. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Summer Chicken Macaroni Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2016, p76

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 250537
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2016

"This salad was very cool and refreshing - the perfect summer recipe! I switched out the peaches and pistachios for grapes and walnuts."

meldizor User ID: 8863114 250088
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2016

"I made it .. bought the wrong cheese.. recipe called for gorgonzola, I bought blue.. taste fine! I also switched a green pepper for the peas. Will make this again!"

curlylis85 User ID: 3166950 250058
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2016

"This chicken salad is refreshing and summery. I omitted the Gorgonzola because my husband doesn't care for blue cheese, but otherwise we really enjoyed the pistachios and the peaches with the chicken. It has a good mixture of textures and flavors!"

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