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Under 30 Minutes

Creamy Macaroni Salad

This version has almost no mayonnaise, but you'd never know it.

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  • Servings: 6
Creamy Macaroni Salad

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2011


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 2 hard-cooked large eggs, whites roughly chopped, yolks left whole
  • 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 radishes, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill pickle
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and return to pot. In a small bowl, finely mash 1 egg yolk with a fork (reserve remaining yolk for another use). Add yogurt, mayonnaise, and lemon juice; stir until smooth. Add to pasta, then stir in egg whites, radishes, celery, and pickle. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with chives just before serving.

Cook's Note

To store, refrigerate in an airtight container, up to 3 days.

Reviews (3)

  • Ludona 16 Jun, 2013

    I just read stylegirl's comment. I should have read it earlier. When I was doing the low-fat thing I tried making macaroni salad with yogurt rather than mayo and it has too much moisture and not enough fat so it absorbs into the pasta over time. My friend, a food scientist explained the process which I can't remember. In my earlier post I should have said that I used half mayo and half sour cream, both higher in fat. If you like the yogurt version make only a small amount and eat it all.

  • Ludona 16 Jun, 2013

    I had some left over macaroni from a dish I had made earlier in the day. I liked the sound of creamy macaroni salad so I made some 30 minutes ago for a light supper for my husband and me and we absolutely love it. It's got just the right amount of texture mixed in with the creaminess. I've never made a mac. salad recipe that calls for lemon juice and I like the zing it provides. Thanks. Great flavor. I'm definitely adding this to my favorites collection.

  • stylegirl 5 Jul, 2012

    I decided to make this pasta salad because it seemed like a lower fat option to a traditional salad and had some differeent ingredients. Mine was creamy at first, but after a few hours in the fridge, it completely dried out. The flavor was also very bland and sour. I used a Greek plain yogurt which could have been the problem, but overall the salad's dressing was not enough to keep my pasta creamy after refrigeration and needed some sweetness to counter act the sour and bitter of the yogurt & le

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