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Fast Macaroni Salad

Chopped veggies provide crunch, and cherry tomatoes add vibrant color to this refreshing and creamy pasta salad. —Frankiee Bush, Freedom, Indiana
  • 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


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a small bowl, combine the macaroni and vegetables.
  • In another bowl, combine the mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Stir before serving.
Nutrition 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.

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  • carol678
    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
    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
    May 24, 2013

    I grated the carrot and used Miracle Whipsalad dressing (instead of Mayo) which has a sweetness to it. Also added a little more pepper and a wee bit of paprika.

  • Tmama71
    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
    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
    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
    Sep 1, 2011

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

  • jmkasprak
    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
    Jun 24, 2011

    This NEEDS seasoning(s)!!!

  • daisey5
    Mar 8, 2010

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