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Skinny Classic Macaroni Salad

Skinny Classic Macaroni Salad is a lightened up version of a classic macaroni salad-packed with elbow noodles, chopped celery, scallions, red peppers, and hard boiled eggs, then tossed in a light creamy dressing! It’s sure to be a picnic favorite!

Makes 9 (1 cup) servings

What ingredients do I need to make this Skinny Classic Macaroni Salad?

  • Dry elbow pasta– I like to use Barilla Plus or Barilla Whole Grain elbow macaroni. If you have whole grain pasta as a zero point food you can use whole wheat elbows for zero points.
  • Vinegar- white vinegar or pickle juice. Pickle juice can be used as a substitute for the vinegar. I have made this both ways and they are equally delicious. 
  • Dijon or yellow mustard
  • Best Foods light mayonnaise
  • Non fat plain Greek yogurt 
  • Paprika
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Celery-thinly sliced 
  • Onion– you can use green or red onion. I have made it with both and it’s equally delicious. 
  • Red pepper– you may substituted the red pepper with green, yellow, or orange bell pepper. 
  • Hard boiled eggs– diced and this is optional. I love hard boiled eggs in this macaroni salad but my kids aren’t too thrilled when I add them. I definitely think they add a nice flavor to this salad. 

 

Why do I use light mayo with non fat plain Greek yogurt?

In many of my creamy salad recipes I like to use half non fat Greek Yogurt and half light mayo to keep the point value low without having to sacrifice the taste. I use the light Kraft mayo to offset the “yogurt” taste/ texture.

How do I make hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot?

Hard boiled eggs can be made on the stove or in the Instant Pot.  Click HERE to make the hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot.

How long does this Skinny Classic Macaroni Salad last?

Macaroni salad will keep for up to five days when stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

How do I make this Skinny Classic Macaroni Salad?

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.

Rinse with cold water until completely cool.

In a large mixing bowl combine, light mayo, non fat plain Greek yogurt, lemon juice, mustard, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.

Stir in cooked and cooled macaroni, celery, red pepper, and onion until well combined.

Fold in hard boiled eggs, if desired.

Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Sprinkle with paprika for additional color.

Serve chilled or at room temperature.

 

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. (about 3 cups) Barilla Protein Plus or whole  grain elbow macaroni
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar or pickle juice
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon or yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup Kraft light Mayo
  • 1/2 cup non fat plain Greek yogurt 
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup celery, thinly sliced 
  • 1/4 cup green or red onion, diced 
  • 1/2 medium red pepper, diced
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, diced and optional 

Directions:

  • Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine, light mayo, non fat plain Greek yogurt, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  • Stir in cooked and cooled macaroni, celery, red pepper, and onion. Fold in hard boiled eggs, if desired.
  • Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Makes 9 (1 cup) servings

1-5 PersonalPoints™ per serving* 

 *This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan. 

How do I know how many points this is on my WW individualized plan? 

Click the link below to go to the recipe builder. You’ll first need to sign into your WW account and then the recipe builder will upload. Be sure to edit the recipe with any ingredients that you use that are different. The recipe builder is the most accurate way to create, obtain, and track the Personal Points on your individualized plan. 

*The recipe builder link only works for WW members located in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, you’ll need to access the WW app manually to create the recipe in the recipe builder. 

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Skinny Classic Macaroni Salad

Skinny Classic Macaroni Salad

Skinny Classic Macaroni Salad is a lighten up version of a classic macaroni salad-packed with elbow noodles, chopped celery, scallions, red peppers, and hard boiled eggs, then tossed in a light creamy dressing! It's sure to be a picnic favorite!

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. (about 3 cups) Barilla Plus or Barilla Whole Grain elbow macaroni
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar or pickle juice
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon or yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup Kraft or Best Foods light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup non fat plain Greek yogurt 
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup celery, thinly sliced 
  • 1/4 cup green or red onion, diced 
  • 1/2 medium red pepper, diced
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, diced and optional

Instructions

    1. Cook elbow noddles according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool.
    2. In a large mixing bowl combine, light mayo, non fat plain Greek yogurt, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.
    3. Stir in cooked and cooled macaroni, celery, red pepper, and onion. Fold in hard boiled eggs, if desired.
    4. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
    5. Serve chilled or at room temperature.


      Makes 9 (1 cup) servings


    1-5 PersonalPoints™ per serving*

    *This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan.

Notes

Smartpoints: GREEN: 4 Smartpoints without hard boiled eggs per serving or 5 Smartpoints per serving with hard boiled eggs BLUE: 4 Smartpoints with or without hard boiled eggs per serving PURPLE: 1 Smartpoints per serving if using whole grain macaroni with or without hard boiled eggs per serving or 4 Smartpoints per serving if using regular macaroni with or without hard boiled eggs per serving

Nutrition Information

Yield

9

Amount Per Serving Calories 180Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 1mgSodium 360mgCarbohydrates 31gNet Carbohydrates 29gFiber 3gSugar 1gProtein 6g

Sam

Thursday 13th of August 2020

This is absolutely delicious. I'm on the purple plan, so what a treat for one point. I substituted tomato for pepper, and don't eat eggs. It was super easy to customize the recipe to personal tastes. Thank You so much!!

Sharon

Wednesday 12th of August 2020

It was very good. Just needs a bit more mayo and pickle juice so it's not quite so dry.

Lora

Monday 15th of June 2020

I made this today and it is DELICIOUS! It’s sitting in the fridge and I’m going to pair it with your black bean burger! I always have to add extra seasonings to recipes but I followed your recipe exactly and it was perfectly seasoned!

I used Hellman’s light mayo and regular elbow noodles because I couldn’t find whole grain. This made my points change, but it made 10.5 servings instead of 9 so it is still 4 points for 1 cup! I will try it will kraft mayo next time since it’s less points.

Thanks so much!!!!

Karen Savage

Sunday 21st of June 2020

I made this for a barbecue we had for my daughter and me because we are doing weight watchers. I bought Macaroni Salad for everyone else. It turned out most people ate this one and loved it. We also loved it. Look forward to making it again. Thank you for your recipes.

Genesis Ron

Tuesday 19th of May 2020

Good to know that works too! It was perfect the first time. I learn so much from you as well! Wow great post.

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