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Macaroni Salad with Bacon, Peas, and Creamy Dijon Dressing

Yield 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup salad and about 1 teaspoon bacon)
This macaroni salad gets a coating of tangy dressing which contrasts well with the smoky bacon, sweet bell pepper, and red onion.

Ingredients

  • Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Salad:
  • 8 ounces uncooked large elbow macaroni
  • 2/3 cup fresh green peas
  • 2/3 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 2/3 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 3 lower-sodium bacon slices, cooked and crumbled

Nutrition Information

  • calories 208
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 7 g
  • satfat 3.2 g
  • monofat 2.2 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 8.6 g
  • carbohydrate 29.1 g
  • fiber 2.3 g
  • cholesterol 16 mg
  • iron 1.5 mg
  • sodium 454 mg
  • calcium 44 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare dressing, combine first 9 ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth. Cover and chill.

  2. To prepare salad, cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; add peas during the last 3 minutes of cooking time. Drain; rinse with cold water. Drain. Combine pasta mixture, bell pepper, and next 4 ingredients (through rind) in a large bowl. Toss pasta mixture with half of dressing. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Toss salad with remaining dressing, and sprinkle with crumbled bacon; serve immediately.