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Picnic-Perfect Tuna-and-Macaroni Salad

Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Stephana Bottom
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 7 mins
Yield Serves 8
This colorful macaroni salad with tuna features grated carrot, chopped celery and red onion, all tossed in a creamy mayonnaise-yogurt dressing.  Serve it chilled as a side salad or a main dish.

Ingredients

  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 12-oz. can tuna in water, drained
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp. cider vinegar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 312
  • fat 4 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • protein 18 g
  • carbohydrate 48 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 19 mg
  • sodium 520 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water and drain again.

    Cooking Pasta
  2. While pasta is cooking, combine celery, onion, parsley, carrot and tuna in a large bowl. Add cooled macaroni and toss to combine. In a small bowl, whisk mayonnaise, yogurt and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and whisk. Pour over pasta and toss until well coated. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cook's Notes

Add veggies: Toss in chopped artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers.
Trade pastas: You can use any short pasta shape in this recipe.

This recipe also appeared in the May 2010 issue.