May 19, 2009

Macaroni Salad with Tomatoes




My favorite way to make macaroni salad, a must at every BBQ and perfect for Memorial Day. To lighten this I used light mayonnaise, lots of tomatoes and olives and high fiber pasta. 

Macaroni Salad with Tomatoes
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 7 Size: 3/4 cup Time: 15 minutes  Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts

  • 6 oz uncooked elbows (I used Ronzoni Smart Taste)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • dash garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2.5 oz sliced black olives
  • salt and pepper

Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water.

In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, tomatoes (and any juice from the tomato), olives, onion, garlic powder, oregano salt and pepper. Mix well. Add elbows and mix well.

56 comments :

  1. I don't love black olives, but yor sald looks wonderful!

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  2. That looks great - I will have to try this one for sure.

    I'm not sure how points are calculated, but I like using Fiber Gourmet Pasta, which has a load of fiber but doesn't taste like it - tastes like regular pasta! Even my picky son can't tell it isn't his regular pasta (and he won't touch anything that is whole wheat).

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  3. @ erica, you can always omit the olives.

    @kat, i will have to try that brand. my family is picky with pasta too and they had no idea I switched pasta on them. I wish I liked whole wheat pasta but I would be lying if I said I did. Thank God for all these great high fiber pastas!

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  4. Looks great! I fool my family with the Dreamfields pasta all the time, too!

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  5. This looks so good! Great recipe for the up-and coming Memorial Day weekend!
    :) thanks!

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  6. The olives and tomatoes look great...nice colors.

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  7. Great picnic side and I love how precise you are with points!

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  8. Looks wonderful and light. I still love the old fattening kind that my Mom used to make, but I bet if I made this one I'd like it too. Nice to have the lighter options.

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  9. wow! Great job at point-skimming! This looks fantastically satisfying without the burdening points!
    Thanks! I hope you enjoy the long weekend!

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  10. i made this for a memorial day bbq and it was a HUGE hit!! there were 4 women who watch points, but the guys loved it just as much!
    gabbie

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  11. Thanks so much for this recipe. It's a huge help for those pasta cravings, and is just delicious without the high points...
    I have to refrain from making it too often :)

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  12. I like adding more free green veggies in this without adding more points!

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  13. I just made this today, it's fantastic. I also added some diced cucumber and used italian seasoning instead of just oregano.

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  14. I loved it.One of my friends made it tonight and it was to die for. I am so making it tomorrow. Just amazing that it is so good and yet healthy for ya.

    Thank you so much Gina.

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  15. This looks so yummy -- love your site! One question.... is this one really supposed to be 6 oz (3/4 cup) dry pasta for serving 7? Thanks!

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  16. @ Anonymous - Yes, 6 oz dry is 1-1/2 cups dry elbows which yields about 3-3/4 cups cooked.

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  17. Loved this recipe!! Simple, light, easy to make! A great addition to any meal.

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  18. Just made it tonight and paired it with some turkey burgers and fruit! Excellent light side dish...the oregano especially gives it a nice unique kick away from the usual cold pasta salad. Loved it! Thanks!

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  19. This makes me think of Summer, I can't wait!!

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  20. My gosh, I just love your blog. I don't follow WW but your recipes are all so tasty and healthy. Thank you.

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  21. That's great! No need to be on WW to make any of my recipes.

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  22. Hi! great recipe, and I'd really like to try it, but I can't find the elbow pasta in the smart taste that you recomended. Are any of the others equal substitutes? The one I bought was 180 cals. 7 grams fiber and 0.5 grams fat per serving. It was also smart taste, but it was a different kind.thank you!!!!

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  23. As long as it's 3 points for 2 oz uncooked, should be good. Dreamfields or whole wheat also work fine.

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  24. 6oz is only 3/4 of a cup.

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  25. @Anonymous on 5/24/10 - 6 oz is 3/4 cup liquid measurement. Perhaps the 6 oz referred to in the recipe is by weight.

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  26. Where would I get the Dreamfields and Ronzini SmartTaste high fiber pastas?

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  27. They sell it in the pasta section of the supermarket by me. I'm not sure if it's available everywhere.

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  28. I always have trouble when you use oz with pasta and other ingrediants. it would be helpful to know how many cups or tbsp to use.

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  29. Since points and calories are calculated based on oz, this is the standard. I'm assuming you don't have a food scale. I recommend buying an inexpensive one, so helpful!! Generally 2 oz uncooked is 1 cup cooked pasta. So this is about 3 cups of cooked elbows. Hope that helps.

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  30. I am trying this recipe this weekend for my family that is coming into town!!! I am excited!

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  31. I just "discovered" this site and tried this recipe almost immediately as an accompaniment to grilled portabella burgers. It was a very nice alternative to the usual unhealthy BBQ side dishes, and my partner didn't even notice that it was specifically low-calorie. I look forward to more of your recipes!

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  32. What if u added a can of shrimmp? How does that effect the points?? Thanks

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  33. I LOVED this recipe!! I used Ronzoni Smart Taste Penne, instead of regular elbow. I also used Fat Free Mayo, saving me a point. And I saw a comment on here to try Italian seasoning in place of oregano. Awsesome! I got my guilty pleasure and I took for a BBQ for the 4th and everyone loved it!!

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  34. I love this salad. I knew I would just from the photo, but it taste even better than it looks!
    I am not on the weight watchers program, but stumbled on to this site due to health issues. Time and habits have caught up to me and I must really make a change in lifestyles. At first this felt like such a punishment.Food not only brought me comfort by eating, but also sharing my talents in the kitchen with others. One of my "hobbies " was searching out and trying new recipes. Thanks for this site and allowing me to still have fun AND be healthy!

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  35. I'm not sure how canned shrimp would effect the points, you'd have to check on your recipe builder.

    Anonymous- Good for you for changing your eating habits to a healthier one. You can now have a new hobby, lightening up your favorite recipes!! Thanks for leaving a comment!

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  36. I can't wait to try this one. Thanks so much for all these wonderful recipes.

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  37. I made this dish and it was soooo delicious! I've also made the Avacado Mango Salsa, Baby Red Potato Salad, Holy Slaw,& the Southwestern Salad. I'm in heaven!
    Thanks so much for these great recipes. I will be trying many others in the near future.

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  38. I would like to try this recipe as it looks amazing, but I'm wondering if anyone knows the carbs per serving on this..Thanks!

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  39. I came up with 4 points under the PointsPlus system

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  40. So it's 4 Points plus per serving, using WW NEW system? I love this recipe, but didn't know how much it was Points +

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  41. I made this last night for dinner, everyone but my 10 year old loved it. I will for sure be keeping this in my recipe box.........

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  42. Gina, do you know how this recipe translates into calories per serving? Thank you!! I'm so excited that I found this website!! :)

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  43. Would using fat free mayo make a difference with points?

    I just discovered your blog and am in heaven! I am a teacher, so I have A LOT of free time on my hands right now... so, my summer plan is to cook my way through your blog! :)

    -Emily

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  44. Emily - It may lower the points. So jealous! Wish I had a lot of free time!

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  45. I'm trying this recipe tonight, but am not a fan of olives...so I'm substituting scallions. I'm so excited!!

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  46. I made this followed it to the T. it is soooooooo good!

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  47. Am I missing something? I do not see the calories.
    Looks amazing though

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  48. Turkey pepperoni would be a perfect add in along with some diced up Lite String Cheese!!!!

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  49. How much calorie would this meal be?

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  50. FYI, the Canadian equivalent of Ronzoni Smart Taste is Catelli Smart Pasta. (Catelli is owned by Ronzoni)

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  51. My husband and I loved this!! So simple yet so delicious! Thanks Gina!

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  52. What are the calories per serving?

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  53. I put it in a recipe calculator. It is around 106 calories per serving.

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  54. Seemed a little bland to me... maybe try apple cider vinegar next time or miracle whip for a little more zing.

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  55. Is this salad served cold or hot?

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