Recipe: Low-Fat Skinny Macaroni Salad

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Do you love a good macaroni salad but often skip out on them, since they're loaded with extra fat and calories? We wanted to create a tasty, healthy alternative. This classic summertime side dish is lightened up and delicious! Swap out whole grain pasta to bump up the fiber, and make the dressing with a mix of mayo, sour cream, and Greek yogurt to keep it on the lighter side (rather than using all mayo). Our Low-Fat Skinny Macaroni Salad recipe is the perfect side dish for your next cookout or get-together!

Recipe: Low-Fat Skinny Macaroni Salad

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 8-10 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Serving size: 1⅓ cup


  • 1 (13.25-ounce) box whole wheat elbow macaroni, dry

  • ½ cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt

  • ¼ cup light mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup light sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish

  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard

  • 2 ribs of celery, sliced (about 1 cup)

  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • ½ teaspoons salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper



  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions for al dente.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, make the dressing. In a large bowl, stir together the yogurt, mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, relish, and mustard.

  3. Drain the cooked noodles and run them under cold water to quickly cool them down. Add the noodles to the dressing bowl.

  4. Stir in the celery, green onions, and red pepper, and season with the salt and pepper.

  5. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information
Per Serving: (1⅓ cup)
Calories: 198
Calories from fat: 39
Fat: 4g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 7mg
Sodium: 248mg
Carbohydrates: 35g
Fiber: 6g
Sugar: 3g
Protein: 9g
SmartPoints: 6

3.1 The nutrition content of recipes on have been calculated by Registered Dietitian, Jessica Penner, of Smart Nutrition.