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Macaroni Garden Salad

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


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • wrenjen523
    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
    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
    Oct 12, 2009

    very good!