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Veja-Links Macaroni Salad : Low Fat

Veja-Links Macaroni Salad : Low FatThis tasty macaroni salad contains no mayonnaise, and is high in protein due to the addition of Worthington Veja-Links. Creamy and tasty, this salad tastes best if refrigerated a few hours before serving.

Makes about 1 quart. Prep: 12 minutes. Cooking 10 minutes. Total Time: 22 minutes.


Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 c small elbow macaroni (uncooked measure)
  • 3/4 c frozen peas
  • 5 Worthington Veja-Links (1/2 of 19 oz can)
  • 1 (14 oz) can pinto beans or similar, drained
  • 1 rib celery, chopped (1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c non-fat plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp salad oil
  • 1 Tbsp parsley flakes
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp pepper


Salad Directions:

  1. In a medium pot, bring a quart of water to a boil. Add macaroni and frozen peas. Stir and bring back to boil. Boil 5-6 minutes or until tender, stirring a few times. Drain and place in large bowl.
  2. Drain the Veja-Links, and cut them in 1/4 inch slices. Add them to the bowl.
  3. Stir in the pinto beans, celery, and red bell pepper.

Dressing Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, blend all the dressing ingredients, whisking until creamy.
  2. Pour dressing over the salad and toss thoroughly.
  3. Place in a one-quart covered container; refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.

*I have used Worthington vegetarian products for many years, and I enjoy them. Recently Atlantic Natural Foods sent me samples of their latest low fat products, and I have used them in this recipe.

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