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Summer Macaroni Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini

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Macaroni Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini is the perfect summer pasta salad loaded with fresh vegetables tossed in a light creamy dressing.

Macaroni Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini is the perfect summer pasta salad loaded with fresh summer vegetables tossed in a light creamy dressing.
Macaroni Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini

Need a macaroni salad to bring to your next BBQ without tons of fat and calories? Look no further!

This is the perfect summer pasta salad loaded with fresh summer tomatoes and zucchini tossed in a light creamy dressing. I even snuck in some Greek yogurt for added creaminess but with all the other flavors you won't know it's there.

This is the perfect summer pasta salad loaded with fresh summer tomatoes and zucchini tossed in a light creamy dressing. I even snuck in some Greek yogurt for added creaminess but with all the other flavors you won’t know it’s there. Because there are so many wonderful vegetables in this salad, the portions are a decent size and pairs perfectly with any grilled meats and burgers.

This makes enough for a large gathering, perfect for your Fourth of July parties but if you want to make this for a smaller group you can simply halve the recipe as I did here.

Macaroni Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini is the perfect summer pasta salad loaded with fresh summer vegetables tossed in a light creamy dressing.

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Summer Macaroni Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini

4.93 from 14 votes
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Cals:115
Protein:3.5
Carbs:23
Fat:2
Macaroni Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini is the perfect summer pasta salad loaded with fresh summer vegetables tossed in a light creamy dressing.
Course: Pasta Salad, Potluck, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Macaroni Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini is the perfect summer pasta salad loaded with fresh summer vegetables tossed in a light creamy dressing.
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Yield: 16 servings
Serving Size: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 16 oz uncooked elbows
  • 4 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 cups 1 small zucchini, sliced and quartered
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 7 tbsp light mayonnaise, Hellman's
  • 2 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fat free Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook pasta in generously salted water according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In a medium bowl, combine onions, mayonnaise, vinegar, yogurt, mustard, oregano, garlic powder; mix well.
  • Add tomatoes (and any juice from the tomato), zucchini, pasta, salt and pepper to taste, toss well and place in a large bowl.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 cup, Calories: 115 kcal, Carbohydrates: 23 g, Protein: 3.5 g, Fat: 2 g, Sodium: 77 mg, Fiber: 3.5 g, Sugar: 1 g

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195 comments on “Summer Macaroni Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini”

  1. I have been making this recipe for YEARS, probably since you first posted it (and the website looked completely different lol) and it is still my go to pasta salad for entertaining. I have tried others but always come back to this recipe. I love that it has so much flavor without the usual cheese and meats like pepperoni. I get compliments every time I make it. Thank you!!!

  2. I cut the serving to 6 but keep the sauce measurements as originally posted. I topped salad greens with the pasta salad and the extra “sauce” made my salad perfect!

  3. I know this sounds weird..but do you think this would taste ok without the elbows? I am trying to avoid pastas. Could I add more veggies or avocado instead?? Or zucchini noodles? Thanks for any help! 🙂

  4. I can never decide which recipe to prepare…the meal plans help! Everything is always delicious and balanced!

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    Laura Fischer

    I absolutely love this pasta salad! I needed a throw together side, and thanks to my summer garden, I had all of the ingredients! Yay! Threw this together, and even my picky eater husband who doesn’t like zuchinni (silly man) loved this. Thanks Gina for your awesome recipes. I’m a frequent skinnytaste recipe maker!

  6. I am quarantined due to COVID and searching for recipes that I can make with what I have on hand and make it feel like Easter.  I made this recipe today and it is incredible.  I didn’t have zucchini, so I did a mix of tomatoes, yellow bell pepper, cucumbers and broccoli florets.  

    We had a ham and added this pasta salad and green beans and that was our Easter dinner.  My family couldn’t believe that this is a recipe that I can use on WW.

    I am a huge pasta salad maker.  Everyone expects me to bring it to events.  My old version had a full cruet of good seasons Italian dressing and a half a cup of shredded Parmesan cheese.  So heavy in fat and calories. I honestly like yours WAY better than my old version.

    This was the happy note of our Easter meal under these scary times.  Thank you So much!

  7. My go-to pasta salad for a group gathering!

    I added a small can of black olives since I love olives:). Bell peppers and English cucumbers would be good, too!

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    Glory Merced

    Excellent recipe!!  Fresh, light and kids love it.  Didn’t know how awesome is the raw zucchini.  

  9. Holy cow is this good!!!! I think this is the best macaroni salad I’ve ever had and would be proud to serve it to others not dieting!

  10. Why is saturated fat not calculated? That makes all the difference in any recipe. Also there were a few discrepancies in the Skinny Taste Cookbook when I double checked the points value. I have the pages marked if you care.

  11. This is a great recipe. I used Barilla protein + elbows and added green peppers and tuna! Super yummy!

  12. There was not a single piece of macaroni left in this bowl after our meal! It was the perfect side to steaks, burgers and hotdogs for a family picnic. The dressing is not too heavy and makes you feel less guilty when eating it. Make sure to chill it, as directed, before putting out so the zucchini and tomatoes soak in the dressing. Huge thumbs up!