This vegan macaroni salad is loaded with colorful veggies and topped with a creamy, flavorful dressing. Your summer barbecue won’t be complete without this delicious side salad!
What do you think of when you think about macaroni salad? Pale white salad with lots of mayo? Maybe a stray pea or two tossed in there?
Usually when I see macaroni salad at a party or at the store, it seems kind of light on the vegetables and heavy on the dressing, but this vegan macaroni salad is loaded with lots of fresh vegetables. All those extra peas and peppers add a lot of color to this vegan macaroni salad, making it a pretty addition to the table.
Can vegans eat macaroni salad?
Sure, it’s actually pretty easy to make vegan macaroni salad with vegan mayonnaise. There are a lot of different brands of vegan mayo. You’ll need to choose the brand that works best for your dietary needs.
But as long as you use vegan mayo, and leave out any animal products like tuna, or eggs, you’ll have an easy and tasty plant-based macaroni salad that everyone will love.
How to make vegan macaroni salad:
The process is basically the same as making any macaroni salad recipe. You’ll need to use pasta that works for your dietary needs, and cook it and then cool it down. You’ll add your veggies, mix the dressing, and then add it to the bowl.
Then you just stir it all up, and it will be ready to serve.
You could do different colored peppers and onions if you wanted to add even more color to this vegan macaroni salad.
If you’re on a gluten free diet, no problem! Just use gluten free macaroni noodles or gluten free penne. You can read about some of the different brands of gluten free pasta here.
Make sure you don’t overcook the pasta – you don’t want the noodles to be too soggy or falling apart.
This macaroni salad is perfect for all those upcoming summer barbecues and picnics. It’s colorful, full of flavor, and suitable for a variety of special dietary needs.
Tips for making vegan macaroni salad:
- don’t overcook the noodles – you don’t want mushy, soggy macaroni
- if you want to make this salad ahead of time, keep the dressing separate, then mix it in just prior to serving
- be creative – add different vegetables if you like, or try sweet pickle relish – it’s up to you!
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The Best Vegan Macaroni Salad.
- 12 ounces macaroni I used gluten free macaroni
- 1 large red pepper chopped
- 1 small sweet onion chopped
- 1 cup celery chopped
- 1 ½ cups frozen peas thawed and drained
- 2 carrots grated
- 1 cup vegan mayonnaise I used Earth Balance Mindful Mayo
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- ¼ cup dill pickle relish
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- ⅓ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
Cook the macaroni according to package directions.
Once the macaroni is cooked, drain and rinse it under cold water to cool down.
Put the vegan mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, pickle relish, sugar, salt, pepper, and onion powder in a small bowl or jar. Stir well until combined.
Place the cooled macaroni in a large bowl. Add the all of the vegetables and toss to combine.
Add the dressing and stir until everything is coated.
Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
If you're making the salad ahead of time, keep the dressing and the other ingredients separate, then mix them when it's serving time.
Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
This recipe was originally published in May 2015, and has been updated with an improved recipe and new photos.
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