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Lighter Homemade Macaroni Salad

A lightened up version of classic macaroni salad. Use low-fat ingredients and lots of veggies to make a delicious salad. Great for summer BBQs, family gatherings, pot lucks, and tailgating.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pasta salad, picnic food, summer side, tailgate side, Vegetarian Pasta Sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 26 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 163kcal
Author Eileen Kelly


  • 1 pound pasta your favorite small noodle such as elbow, bow-tie
  • 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar see tips below
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 large red pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 medium yellow pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved cherry tomatoes can be used
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium shallot, peeled and diced


  • Cook the pasta according to the package. Drain well, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream, Dijon mustard, cider vinegar, season with salt and pepper.
  • To the bowl, add cooked pasta, peppers, grape tomatoes, carrots, and shallot. Mix well.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve. Taste for seasoning, reseason if needed.


  • Feel free to use low-fat Greek yogurt in lieu of the sour cream.
  • Cook pasta according to package, drain thoroughly so noodles don't get soggy.
  • Mix the dressing and add it into the noodles so the mixture is well mixed.
  • It is best to refrigerate at least one hour before serving.
  • Make it the night before, even better.
  • Right before serving, taste for seasoning and adjust salt/pepper if needed.
  • The macaroni salad can keep in the fridge well covered for about 3 days.
  • This pasta salad does not freeze well.
I am not a registered dietician, I do my best to give the most accurate nutritional details as possible. Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation. Actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and portion sizes


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 163kcal | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1400IU | Vitamin C: 39.6mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.2mg