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Loaded Macaroni Salad Recipe

Photo by Viana Boenzli

This macaroni salad recipe is loaded with goodness. The perfectly creamy dressing over lots of flavors and textures. It is truly a LOADED macaroni salad!

1 lb elbow macaroni
1 c mayonnaise
1/2 c plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 pint cherry tomatoes ( chopped )
2/3 c black and green olives ( chopped )
6 slices thick-cut bacon ( cooked crispy then crumbled )
6 oz feta cheese ( crumbled )
1-1/2 c cucumber ( chopped )
1 c red bell pepper ( chopped )
2 hard boiled eggs ( chopped )
1 whole avocado ( chopped )
1/2 c scallions ( chopped )
20 large leaves of basil ( torn into small pieces )
Salt and pepper to taste
10-12 servings
Nutritions

Calories
1651

Sodium
2378mg
99% DV

Fat
87g
134% DV

Protein
69g
138% DV

Carbs
149g
50% DV

Fiber
32g
129% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

This deliciously simple steamed beet salad is ready in 15 minutes. And by using the right beets, it'll leave you with a clean cutting board and clean hands.

2 medium golden beets ( peeled and chopped in cubes - about 2 cups )
4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
4 Tbsp orange juice
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
4 oz lettuce
4 oz feta or goat cheese ( crumbled )
2
Nutritions

Calories
483

Sodium
1925mg
80% DV

Fat
37g
57% DV

Protein
11g
22% DV

Carbs
25g
8% DV

Fiber
5g
22% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

It's time to make a super easy, super tasty cherry tomato salad with a warm garlic and shallot dressing. It's delicious. It's all about tasting.

3 c cherry tomatoes ( halved )
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil ( plus extra for drizzling )
2 small shallots ( chopped )
2 cloves garlic ( sliced )
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1 Tbsp chili pepper flakes
1/2 c Italian flat leaf parsley ( chopped )
1/2 c feta cheese crumbled ( optional )
Chives ( optional )
French baguette ( optional )
2
Nutritions

Calories
683

Sodium
2050mg
85% DV

Fat
43g
66% DV

Protein
45g
91% DV

Carbs
27g
9% DV

Fiber
7g
30% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

There's just something about this fruit that makes it refreshing like no other…the soft red flesh of the fruit, juice dripping down your arm. It's the best! But let's kick it up a notch, add just a few more ingredients, and make a fruit salad that's worthy of a hot summer afternoon or a dinner party with friends. And best of all, this salad is so easy, it'll be ready in just a few minutes!

3 c watermelon, cubed
6 strawberries, sliced
1/2 c blueberries
4 mint leaves, torn into small pieces
1/2 c feta cheese, crumbled
balsamic vinegar
Nutritions

Calories
1262

Sodium
2557mg
106% DV

Fat
49g
75% DV

Protein
45g
91% DV

Carbs
172g
58% DV

Fiber
34g
137% DV

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