Chicken Macaroni Salad

This crowd-pleasing chicken macaroni salad is chock-full of crisp fresh veggies. Mayo and Greek yogurt meld together to create a smooth and creamy dressing. The peas add a pop of sweetness and balance to this easy salad that's perfect for barbecues and potlucks.

Chicken Macaroni Salad
Photo: Photographer: Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Karen Rankin
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
Nutrition Profile:


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

  • ¾ cup low-fat plain strained (Greek-style) yogurt

  • ¾ cup light mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish

  • 1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast (1-inch)

  • 1 cup finely chopped celery

  • 1 cup matchstick carrots

  • ¾ cup finely chopped red bell pepper

  • ½ cup frozen peas, thawed

  • ½ cup finely chopped scallions

  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil over high heat; add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain and let cool for about 10 minutes.

  2. Whisk yogurt, mayonnaise, relish, mustard, salt and pepper together in a large bowl until combined. Add the pasta, chicken, celery, carrots, bell pepper, peas, scallions and parsley; stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

To make ahead

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Refresh the salad with 1/4 cup each mayonnaise and yogurt before serving, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

218 Calories
8g Fat
22g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 218
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 15g 30%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Vitamin A 2557IU 51%
Vitamin C 20mg 22%
Vitamin D 1IU 0%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 36mcg 9%
Vitamin K 60mcg 50%
Sodium 278mg 12%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 46mg 11%
Potassium 324mg 7%
Zinc 1mg 9%

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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