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EATINGWELL: A lighter, healthier macaroni salad

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Old-fashioned macaroni salad sometimes contains jarred pimientos, diced ham or pickle relish, but this version is simple and deliciously plain with fresh chopped celery, carrot and onion. A combination of low-fat mayo and sour cream lightens up the dressing, and whole-wheat elbow noodles, spinach and edamame add extra nutrients.

To make ahead, cover and refrigerate for up to three days.

Macaroni Salad

Yield: 12 servings, about 1 cup each

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 2 3/4 hours

3 cups whole-wheat elbow noodles (14- to 16-ounce package)

3/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise

3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream

2 teaspoons sugar

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