Rating: 4.39 stars
36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1

Making this salad with less sugar and whole wheat noodles makes it a healthy treat for the entire family.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Rinse under cold water and drain.

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  • Mix mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Stir in onion, celery, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, carrot, pimentos, and macaroni. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight, before serving.

Editor's Note:

This recipe is a healthier version of Classic Macaroni Salad.

Nutrition Facts

281 calories; protein 4.2g; carbohydrates 28.1g; fat 18g; cholesterol 8.4mg; sodium 529.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (29)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2014
Made with white shells skipped the carrots and red pepper for a "white and green look" only. Substituted half or more greek yogurt for the mayonnaise and added 2 Tbl. dried tarragon. Tasty for our hungry work crew in hot weather... complimented pulled pork sandwiches. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/16/2012
Not a bad maccaroni salad. I used low fat mayo as I thought 18 grams of fat per serving was way too much for a "healthier"macaroni salad. I also added paprika. Brought this to a bbq.Not a great hit. Most people did not like the whole wheat maccaroni. Next time will use white. Read More
(12)
36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
06/16/2012
Not a bad maccaroni salad. I used low fat mayo as I thought 18 grams of fat per serving was way too much for a "healthier"macaroni salad. I also added paprika. Brought this to a bbq.Not a great hit. Most people did not like the whole wheat maccaroni. Next time will use white. Read More
(12)
Rating: 2 stars
05/16/2018
I have made this very basic recipe for years, and have never added or needed to add either sugar or vinegar. The quality of your mayonnaise should be more than adequate for the recipe. Too much sugar already used in too much of our food these days, and this one certainly does not need such add. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2014
Made with white shells skipped the carrots and red pepper for a "white and green look" only. Substituted half or more greek yogurt for the mayonnaise and added 2 Tbl. dried tarragon. Tasty for our hungry work crew in hot weather... complimented pulled pork sandwiches. Read More
(7)
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2014
So I adapted a little. I used best foods real mayo used 3/4 tablespoon of yellow mustard 1/2 tablespoon gulden a spicy brown mustard and 1 tablespoon Bertman ball park mustard and only used 3/4 of one red and one green (organic) peppers and lastly used 3/4 of a good sized white onion. Oh my! Yummmm! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2016
Substituted Splenda for sugar. Substituted Hengstenberg Vinegar w herbs (white) for white vinegar. I did not have fresh peppers but always keep frozen pepper strips and used them - a melange of yellow green and red peppers. Followed recipe amounts exactly. Used Barilla ProteinPlus elbows. Absolutely delicious!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2017
As a diabetic I'm all about making healthier choices. So I omitted the sugar the vinegar and reduced the Mayo to 1/2 cup making up the other 1/2 cup difference with poppyseed dressing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2016
I only used 3/4 cup of mayonnaise but added about 2 tablespoons of Italian dressing. I used less sugar around 2 tablespoons since the dressing has a little sweetness to it. I also added a crown of broccoli with stalk for crunchiness. It was fast easy and had all the ingredients at home for a last minute party dish. People were fighting over leftovers at the end of the night. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2017
Substituted corn and chopped red pepper for carrots and pimentos. Tasted great! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/28/2017
Way to sweet with all that sugar. I ruined it by adding sugar. Read More
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