On the Lighter Side

light macaroni salad

get a side of this

Every good piece of grilled meat needs a good side dish. Otherwise, it might get lonely sitting there on your plate. I love potato salad, but macaroni salad is pretty tasty too, and I think a little under-rated. Here’s a fresh update on the classic mayonnaise-covered variety usually found at cookouts and company picnics. But instead of mayo there’s plain Greek yogurt and a bunch of fresh vegetables. You won’t miss the mayo at all. I promise. A note: the recipe below is a smaller than usual, probably good for 2 to 3 people. If you want more, simply double the ingredients.

Light Macaroni Salad
-½ lb of elbow macaroni
– 1 cup of Greek yogurt
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
– Juice from 1 large lemon
– 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped chives
– ½ pint of grape tomatoes, quartered
– ¼ of an English cucumber, diced
– 1 large carrot, shredded
– Handful of dill, finely chopped
– Salt and pepper
– Cracked red pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or according to the package. Drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool. Place in a large bowl.

In a food processor, combine the yogurt, olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice and chives. Season to taste with salt, pepper and cracked red pepper. Pour the dressing over the macaroni and mix. Add the tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and dill and mix well. If necessary, season with additional salt and pepper.  Serve immediately or let chill in the fridge.

11 Comments on “On the Lighter Side”

  1. billpeeler says:

    This looks like it would be delicious with that grilled Carolina chicken you had yesterday! Looks great —-

  2. Conor Bofin says:

    I’ve just eaten two huge home made burgers with cheese, pickle, tomato, lettuce, carmelised onions and pita breads. And this is making me hungry!

  3. I love the yogurt in this…creamy with less guilt =D

  4. Oh I know someone who’d love this one! I would too, but she’d be like yeah no mayo!

  5. oooh i love this. We love light salads like this during the summer

  6. NerdyBaker says:

    Love this, love the dill, the yogurt, cucumber, tomato of it all. LOVE it! I am obsessed with switching out Greek yogurt for mayonnaise in things. I haven’t had it fail yet. Can’t wait to try this!

  7. Hey Tommy – this is a great idea. I actually tried this out this weekend..but since I’m a lazy cook, I replaced the Greek yogurt, garlic etc. with tzaziki sauce from the grocery store, which worked for me!


    • egg me on says:

      Hey Kristen! That’s awesome you tried it. You’re not lazy. Tzatzkiki sauce sounds like it would make a great alternative. I bet it was nice and yogurt-y.

  8. hungrygerman says:

    Reblogged this on hungrygerman and commented:
    This is a great alternative to the heavier dish with Hellman’s.

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