Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
8 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup salad, about 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs, and 3/4 teaspoon basil)

White balsamic vinegar, tomato, and basil help this side dish maintain its fresh appeal.  Click here for more macaroni salad recipes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain. Cover and chill.

Step 2

Combine white balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon basil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, sugar, and crushed red pepper in a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons oil and 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, stirring with a whisk. Add cooked pasta and tomato; toss well to coat.

Step 3

Place bread in a food processor; pulse 5 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1/2 cup. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add breadcrumbs and remaining 1/2 teaspoon garlic to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until browned and crisp, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cool. Serve with pasta mixture and sliced basil.

Ratings & Reviews

Delicious - Don't skip the breadcrumbs

September 26, 2016
Simple and delicious! 

steponme's Review

September 02, 2014
Ditto on all the earlier reviews for the simplicity, fresh and delicious. I also opted not to add bread crumbs and did not miss them, although I may add some to the leftovers, just to try the complete recipe.

EPMaxwell's Review

June 30, 2013
Super dish. Had to use regular balsamic so aside from it coloring the pasta some it was fantastic. An excellent dish for those fresh tomatoes in everyone's garden this time of year! Will definitely make again. Would be great along side burgers, grilled fish or chicken.

TriciaS's Review

June 28, 2013
As others have said, so light and refreshing!! Did add 1 cup frozen peas thawed and 2-3 sliced green onions. Skipped bread crumbs also. Didn't miss. DELICIOUS! Perfect with grilled meat of any kind and that's all you need for wonderful, light summer meal!

Mjm426's Review

August 02, 2012
Fresh, easy, healthy and delicious! I made this for two picnics already and it was a hit. Did not use breadcrumbs.

lmkasper's Review

June 17, 2012

HeatherLynn's Review

July 13, 2010
So delicious, and I echo what the others said: a great, easy, refreshing dish to bring to a potluck or picnic! I would absolutely make this again.

klklein's Review

June 10, 2010
very light and refreshing. would make a good dish to bring to potlucks.

kjshan's Review

July 28, 2009
We love tomatoes and regular balsamic, and this dish was deliciously different twist to it! I loved the lighter more acidic taste of the white balsamic. I substituted garlic powder and it still was perfectly seasoned.

carlybarley7's Review

April 30, 2009
So good!! Very fresh tasting and light. I used whole wheat elbow mac and regular balsamic vinegar (I'm not buying 5 dollar vinegar for one dish). I also didn't make my own breadcrumbs I just sprinkled some italian seasoned ones on top and it worked just fine. I will definitely make this again probably for lunch at work too. I served it with pork chops and green beans.