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Macro Friendly Macaroni Salad With Greek Yogurt

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With a simple ingredient swap, our Macro-Friendly Macaroni Salad is a lightened-up, protein-packed version of a beloved classic. Perfect for picnics, BBQs, parties, and get-togethers, no one will know their eating a slightly healthier version of their favorite summer side salad.

Macros & Nutrition Information

Serving Size: ⅙ of recipe (~1 cup)


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Macro Friendly Lightened Up Macaroni Salad

Tami Smith
We took the classic summer side dish, macaroni salad, and lightened it up, infused it with some extra protein, and managed to maintain the same delicious flavors that you know and love!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 197 kcal


  • 1 Large Pot
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Large bowl
  • 1 Fork
  • 1 Wooden spoon


  • 8 oz. elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp vinegar, apple cider or white
  • 1 tbsp sugar substitute
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup diced cucumbers
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup red onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Prep your vegetables: dice the cucumbers, red bell pepper, and red onion. Shred the carrots if needed.
  • In a large pot, cook the macaroni according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, light mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  • Add the cooked macaroni, diced cucumbers, diced red bell pepper, diced red onion, shredded carrots, and chopped parsley to the bowl. Mix well until everything is evenly coated with the dressing.
  • Chill the salad in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • Serve chilled and enjoy!


  • After cooking the pasta, rinse it with cold water to stop the cooking process and cool it down quickly. This will prevent the pasta from getting overcooked and sticking together.
  • Nutrition information may vary depending on brands and ingredients used.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 197kcalCarbohydrates: 26.4gProtein: 8.9gFat: 4.7g
Keyword high protein, macro friendly
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