This simple macaroni salad recipe is made without mayo, and is filled with lots of colorful veggies! It’s sure to be a hit at your next barbecue or picnic.
It’s summer, and that means it’s time for picnics, barbecues, and easy to make dishes that don’t require the oven to be on.
We love to make pasta salads in the summertime, and this simple macaroni salad recipe without mayo is a nice, light salad that’s just right for the hot weather.
You might remember the macaroni salad that was popular when you were a kid – lots of mayo, tuna, and onions. I actually liked that combination just fine when I was younger, but now I prefer a lighter salad. This simple macaroni salad recipe is mayonnaise free, and is much more colorful than the original version.
Zucchini, peppers, red onion, and shredded carrots give this salad lots of flavor and make it pretty to look at, too!
This salad does include tuna, but if you don’t want to or can’t eat tuna, feel free to leave it out and substitute shredded chicken, white beans, or even canned salmon if you prefer.
You can also prepare this without any extra protein – the dressing is really tasty and the variety of veggies are enough to make this macaroni salad pop.
If you’re nervous about making pasta salad, because you’ve had bland and unflavorful salads before, this article has some great tips!
This simple macaroni salad recipe is:
- dairy, egg, and gluten free
- hearty and delicious
- free of mayo, so it’s not too heavy
- perfect for a picnic
Simple Macaroni Salad Recipe Without Mayo.
This light and summery simple macaroni salad is delicious, flavorful, and mayonnaise free!
- 12 ounces gluten free macaroni
- 2 cups zucchini sliced
- 2/3 cup red onion finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups carrots shredded
- 1 cup red pepper chopped
- 1 cup celery chopped
- 5 ounces light tuna drained
For the dressing:
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/4 Tablespoons organic cane sugar
- 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
Prepare the gluten free macaroni according to package directions. Once it's done cooking, drain in a colander and rinse with cold water to cool it down.
Place the cooked macaroni, all the vegetables, and the tuna in a large bowl. Toss to combine.
Combine the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and whisk well. Pour over the macaroni salad and stir to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
If you are making this ahead of time, you can keep the salad and the dressing separate until right before serving time. This will prevent the pasta from soaking up all the dressing.
If you’re looking for more summery salads, try this mayo free potato salad!