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Macaroni Salad with Greek Yogurt Recipe (Vegetarian, High Protein)

This Macaroni Salad with Greek Yogurt is a healthier take on classic macaroni salad, by giving it a high protein twist! Substitute traditional mayo for a non-fat Greek yogurt to make this mac salad extra creamy. You won’t notice the difference.

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Classic macaroni salad gets a modern low calorie makeover with Greek yogurt and fresh vegetables!  This BBQ approved side dish is great for a party.  Can be made vegan or gluten-free! Great as a side dish for a BBQ or cookout, this easy crowd pleaser recipe is great to serve with burgers, veggie dogs, or brats on the grill.

This Classic Macaroni Salad gets a bit of a modern twist from using Greek Yogurt in the dressing – it lightens the recipe and adds a nice creaminess without the fat. I also love the crunch from all the veggies in the dish as well, the celery, carrots, and bell pepper are a must!

This Modern Macaroni Salad Recipe Is:

  • Packed with flavor
  • Creamy
  • Herby
  • Savory
  • Made with Greek Yogurt
  • Mayo-free, no mayonnaise used at all!
  • Can be gluten free or vegan!

Greek Yogurt Macaroni Salad for the Win!

The mid-westerner in me LOVES summer salads like these: macaroni salad, coleslaw, kidney bean salad, chickpea salad (and the list could go on and on), I love ‘em all. They remind me of summer BBQs on a humid day, the grill going in the background, and sitting in the sunshine with a cool drink.

Now that we have a wonderful homestead, we love to host summer BBQs and bring out a nice variety of food for guests. I love making easy, foolproof dishes like these. They are called Classics for a reason, can be made ahead, and really compliment any main dish.

What’s In This Greek Yogurt Mac Salad Recipe?

Make Greek Yogurt Mac Salad Vegetarian for a Healthy Version

This vegetarian mac salad with Greek Yogurt is a simple way to get extra veggies in your diet. I’m all about making recipes plant-based when I can. Vegetarian cooking does NOT have to be bland, boring, or flavorless… It’s quite the opposite when done right. By building meals around vegetarian pantry staples and swapping in a few plant-based ingredients you can make healthier meals for you and your family. I made a list of my 125 favorite vegan pantry ingredients that we use on a weekly basis, and check out all my vegetarian recipes here that are on The Herbeevore. These easy and healthy recipes are fantastic meatless meals for your table.

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30 Minute Side Dishes for Entertaining

This pesto tortellini is what I call an Easy Entertaining Recipe – which is on your table in about 30 minutes.  These quick and simple recipes are perfect for those last-minute potluck invites, or when you just want a healthy home cooked meal but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. I have a whole section of The Herbeevore dedicated to Easy Weeknight Meals, that are great for the whole family.

From soups and stews, to pastas and proteins – a healthy meal can be on your table in no time.  Just as fast as grabbing a quick prepared side dish from the store (and way more impressive too)!  If you’re heading to a party, potluck, or BBQ, check out my list of top host gifts for summer entertaining for that next-level gift your host will love!

I love to serve this low fat macaroni salad with Marinated Veggie Kabobs, my dad’s famous Coleslaw Recipe, and Life-Changing Greek Pasta Salad. A real trifecta of crowd-pleasing recipes. I love that this can be made ahead of time. When you are hosting (or getting ready to go to a BBQ) this dish can be easily brought out and enjoyed.

More High Protein Side Dish Recipes You’ll Love!

Avocado Black Bean Salad Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Meatless Baked Ziti Recipe (Vegetarian, Holiday Side Dish)

Apple Walnut Salad Recipe with Dijon Vinaigrette (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Carrot Hummus without Tahini Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Chickpea Tabbouleh Recipe (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Vegan)

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Get the Same Ingredients for this Greek Yogurt Mac Salad Recipe!

I get all the fresh produce for my recipes from my garden and from Misfits Market – they sell all organic produce at a super discounted price, and it’s purchased direct from the farmers. We get Misfit Market boxes every other week and love picking out our favorite seasonal produce for delivery.  You can get $10 off your first $30 box by clicking here! 

If you think organic produce is too expensive… think again, and give Misfits Market a look!

As always, if you make this vegetarian greek yogurt macaroni salad recipe be sure to leave me a comment, rate this recipe, and tag me @theherbeevore on Instagram so I can feature you.  I love seeing all your photos of my recipe recreations!

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Macaroni Salad with Greek Yogurt

The Herbeevore
Classic macaroni salad with Greek yogurt gets a healthy modern low calorie makeover with Greek yogurt and fresh vegetables!  This BBQ approved side dish is great for a party. 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, For Entertaining, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Classic
Servings 8
Calories 270 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook to package directions. , Rinse with cold water, drain, and set aside until cooled.
  • In a large bowl add the cooled macaroni and the rest of the ingredients to the bowl. Stir well to combine. Taste for flavor and add any additional spices, salt, or pepper as needed.
  • Refrigerate overnight in an airtight container. Remove from fridge right before serving.

Notes

Save Money on Organic Produce!

I get all the fresh produce for my recipes from my garden and from Misfits Market - they sell all organic produce at a super discounted price, and it’s purchased direct from the farmers. We get Misfit Market boxes every other week and love picking out our favorite seasonal produce for delivery.  You can get $10 off your first $30 box by clicking here! 
If you think organic produce is too expensive... think again, and give Misfits Market a look!

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 12gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 24mgPotassium: 111mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2826IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg
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