Lightened Up Macaroni Salad #SundaySupper

Hello Everyone,

Today for #SundaySupper we are having a virtual picnic to celebrate US Independence Day on July 4th and/or Canada Day on July 1st! I love a big picnic! I only wish we could actually have a picnic together, then having one virtually! But I will settle for this kind of picnic for now. What I am bringing to our picnic is my Lightened Up Macaroni Salad! Yum!
Lightened Up Macaroni Salad #SundaySupper
I love a good macaroni salad, but honestly I hate the calories! So I had to take my traditional macaroni salad and make a few modifications to make it guilt free. My biggest change was using less mayonnaise and subbing in greek yogurt. Yup good old greek yogurt! No one even noticed the difference! I love that! I usually use more egg whites then full eggs but the family loves the eggs in the recipe, so I left them in.
Lightened Up Macaroni Salad
The salad is made with elbow noodles, celery, onion, salt, pepper and paprika. I love adding paprika to my salad, it adds a little bit of color and a little bit of different flavor. Plus I love adding paprika to my recipes that contain hard-boiled eggs.  As you can see from the above photo, I kind of went a little overboard with the paprika, but it mixes in well!  :)
Lightened Up Macaroni Salad #SundaySupper
This salad is light, refreshing, guilt-free and tastes just amazing! If you’re a macaroni fan, I think you will like this recipe! Oh and get this it’s only 229 calories for a cup, which is pretty darn good for macaroni salad! I’ll take that! This is great paired with barbecue chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and just about anything you cook on the grill!

Lightened Up Macaroni Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 8 cups

Serving Size: 1 cup

Lightened Up Macaroni Salad

A traditional macaroni salad that is guilt-free and lightened up by using greek yogurt! It's simply the perfect picnic food!


  1. 6 cups water
  2. 3 cups elbow noodles
  3. 5 eggs
  4. 1 cup onion, diced small (if your onions are string taste, cut back a little, use 1/2 cup)
  5. 1 cup celery, diced small
  6. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  7. 1 cup Greek yogurt
  8. 1/2 tsp. paprika


  1. In a large pot bring water to a boil, add your macaroni, bring to a boil and cook until tender. About 10 minutes. Drain your noodles and place in a bowl to cool.
  2. While your cooking your noodles, make your hard boiled eggs. Place the eggs in a medium pot, just cover the eggs with water. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Rinse the eggs under cool water and let cool completely. I place them in the refrigerator.
  3. To make the salad, add onions and celery to macaroni, mix until incorporated. Add mayonnaise, greek yogurt and mustard. Mix until well incorporated. Taste test the salad to see if you need to add salt.
  4. Peel and slice your eggs and place on top of salad. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired. Refrigerate the salad for at least one hour before serving.


Calories per cup: 229, Fat: 8.6, Cholesterol: 118, Carbs: 26, Fiber: 2, Sugar: 2, Protein: 11

Lightened Up Macaroni Salad #SundaySupper

I just love picnic food! Do you have any plans for your 4th of July? I am just so happy that we have off from work! I am sure we will be having a family BBQ and watching the fireworks.

If you need more picnic food ideas, be sure to check out what the gang at #SundaySupper has made!

Have a great day!



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  1. Brilliant, Jennifer! If we can substitute buttermilk in cakes with Greek yogurt why not in macaroni salad? Thank you for the recipe and the suggestion that egg whites can be used instead of whole eggs. Happy Light Independence Day!

  2. I love macaroni salad but have been avoiding it lately because it is usually so fat laden and loaded with mayo. I can’t wait to try your lightened up version. I need a macaroni salad fix soon.
    Renee recently posted…Vegetable Salad for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  3. Way to go on this lightened up version of a classic macaroni salad. I love all the eggs and paprika too.
    Marlene @Nosh My Way recently posted…Layered Chicken Salad #SundaysupperMy Profile

  4. This looks completely delicious and not an ounce lightened up!

  5. This is another one of my hubby’s favs and he likes it such like this, plain and simple!!

  6. I love how you’ve lightened this up with Greek yogurt! Now I can have seconds :)

  7. I love subbing Greek yogurt for mayo :) and you are right, they never know! I am in love with your version of macaroni salad!!

  8. Which do you prefer – Full-fat or fat-free Greek yogurt?

  9. Paprika adds such a great smoky flavor to everything its sprinkled on. No picnic is complete without macaroni salad, I’m glad you decided to bring it!
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  10. Yep. Paprika definitely makes things better here.
    DB-The Foodie Stuntman @ Crazy Foodie Stunts recently posted…Grilled London Broil with Caramelized Red Onions for a Picnic #SundaySupperMy Profile

  11. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I do enjoy a good mac salad, but don’t eat it often because of the fat. Now I know to lighten it up!

  12. Macaroni Salad is my husband’s favorite!! I love the use of the greek yougurt – I need to give that a try! yummm
    Marion@Life Tastes Good recently posted…Old Fashioned Potato Salad #SundaySupperMy Profile

  13. Great way to make this guilt free!
    Christy @ Confessions of a Culinary Diva recently posted…#SundaySupper – Do the Dip!My Profile

  14. I haven’t had macaroni salad in years! I love that you’ve lightened it here. Fantastic!
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) recently posted…Peanut Butter Frosted Brownies for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  15. What a yummy pasta salad!
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. recently posted…4th of July Recipe RoundupMy Profile

  16. What a wonderful Macaroni Salad and I love that you lightened it up to save on some calories!

  17. This macaroni salad looks picnic perfect, and I love that you used Greek yogurt and lightened it up!
    Alida recently posted…Olive Oil Fudge Brownies #PantryInsidersMy Profile

  18. I put eggs in my mac salad too! I love it this way!

  19. Seeing as how they say the worse thing calorie wise you could eat is potato or pasta salad I love finding lighter versions to reduce the guilt. :)
    Laura recently posted…Scotch Eggs #SundaySupperMy Profile


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