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Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up, Exclusive: All-New Macaroni Salad


This lighter version of my classic macaroni salad features carrots, radishes, and scallions, making it a gorgeous medley of colors. The lemon juice and parsley keep it nice and bright, perfect for spring picnics and summer barbecues. It’s a recipe just made to feed a crowd, so whip up a big batch when you’re expecting guests.


  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • ¾ cup thinly sliced radishes
  • ½ cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
  • ½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 scallions (white and light green parts), thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup regular or light mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain well and rinse with cold water until the pasta is no longer warm.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the carrots, radishes, olives, parsley, and scallions.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the cooled pasta to the vegetables and toss. Pour in the dressing and toss until combined. Serve at room temperature or cold.

Serves 10 to 12

More about Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, 250 Recipes All Lightened Up

Paula Deen has lost over 40 pounds and has maintained her weight loss for over two years by swapping out ingredients to reduce fat and calories. Paula’s key to weight loss is moderation and accountability, and one day a week she still enjoys good old southern cooking with biscuits and all. One does not have to give up taste when reducing calories, and these recipes are a testament to that. Paula shares 250 of her favorite recipes lightened up. This brand-new, New York Times best selling cookbook presents lightened up versions of fifty of her classic southern recipes and presents new recipes that cut the calories but not the delicious taste.

The New-York Times Best-Selling cookbook, Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up, is now available now at Amazon, Evine LiveBarnes & Noble, Target, and your local bookstores!

Paula Deen - As a young girl growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream — married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys — when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started The Bag Lady, a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen's professional cooking career. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering lunch-and-love-in-a-bag, beginning in June 1989, Paula turned her life around by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.