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How to Make Macaroni Salad Healthier

Pictured Recipe: Macaroni Salad

Learn the secrets behind making lighter, healthier macaroni salad with less than half the fat and calories.

Macaroni salad is one of those dishes that you just have to have at a summer picnic or cookout. The ingredients are cheap, it’s easy to make (and make a lot of) and has a wonderfully creamy texture and mild flavor that everyone loves.

But if you think your typical macaroni salad is harmless, think again. Right when you’re about to squeeze back into that bikini, good old macaroni salad will make that task a little more difficult. A typical 1-cup serving packs 370 calories and 22 grams of fat. Yikes.

Before you throw that salad into the swimming pool, know that you can enjoy that same 1-cup serving with nearly half the calories and more than half the fat. Here’s how to make your macaroni salad healthier.

—Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor

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