Macaroni Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing


Give classic pasta salad a fresher, more flavorful spin. This fast pasta dish calls for avocado to replace some of the mayonnaise, which makes it extra creamy. Whole-wheat elbow macaroni and fresh vegetables round out this healthy pasta salad that you'll be making all summer long.

Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
12 servings


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat elbow macaroni (about 2 cups)

  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper

  • ½ cup thinly sliced celery

  • 2 scallions, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or cilantro

  • 1 ripe medium avocado

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon dried minced garlic

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Cook macaroni in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water; drain again. Transfer to a large bowl. Add bell pepper, celery, scallions and parsley (or cilantro).

  2. Halve avocado, remove pit and scoop flesh into a mini food processor. Add mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, dried garlic and pepper. Process until smooth. Add the avocado dressing to the large bowl with the macaroni salad and stir until well coated.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

130 Calories
6g Fat
17g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 1/2 cup
Calories 130
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 7%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Vitamin A 513IU 10%
Vitamin C 19mg 21%
Folate 34mcg 9%
Sodium 182mg 8%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Magnesium 35mg 8%
Potassium 173mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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