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Meatless Monday: New Macaroni Salad

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Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

I’m totally creeped out by mayonnaise, from its greasy feel and yellowish hue to its gelatinous texture. Plus even if a mayo-laden salad comes straight from the fridge, I’m automatically scared that it’s been sitting out for too long. I know I’m not alone in this; mayo is polarizing — you either love it or hate it. I fall into the latter category, with one exception: I’m a full-time mayo-hater but I love deviled eggs. (Maybe because the mayo gets masked by the yolks? Who knows.)

Anyway, mayonnaise is gross; we covered that. But it’s also totally unnecessary in summer salads. Greek yogurt is cool and creamy without being greasy, plus it has a tangier (I think better) flavor than mayo, so it makes a good substitute for mayonnaise in potato or macaroni salads. It is still just as perishable as mayo, so don’t go thinking you can leave it out in the sun forever.

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