Vegan Macaroni Salad

This Vegan Macaroni Salad is full of bright flavors and delicious textures. It’s packed with vibrant veggies that give it the perfect amount of crunch, while also being creamy and light. Your family is sure to love this recipe!

Vegan Macaroni Salad is naturally gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and vegan, so everyone can enjoy this delicious side dish.

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WHY THIS VEGAN MACARONI SALAD RECIPE IS SO GOOD

  • This crowd pleasing dish is super simple to make. It is literally a dump and stir type of recipe.
  • This vegan macaroni salad is perfect for summer cookouts, Sunday potlucks and more! No summer BBQ is complete without this delicious and creamy macaroni salad!
  • This dish is highly customizable, like many of our recipes around here. You can easily add more in of your favorite ingredients and take out the items you do not care for. Make sure to use your favorite salsa!
  • The texture is spot on. This salad provides a creamy and crunchy texture. You get the best of both worlds!

TIPS AND TRICKS TO MAKING VEGAN MACARONI SALAD

  • Want to load up this vegan macaroni salad even more? Here are some ideas of additional ingredients you can add in: beans (garbanzo or white bean), vegan bacon bits, thinly sliced radishes, a dollop of pickle relish, diced cucumber and of course some vegan cheese!
  • If you are using gluten-free pasta, it is best to use a brand like Jovial. It seems to hold up the best in pasta salad situations. It is also best to make it the “day of” if you are using GF pasta.
  • Rise your pasta. When making a cold pasta salad, it’s better to rinse the pasta; this will stop the cooking, speed up the cooling and remove the excess starch, which could risk sticking the pasta to the other ingredients.
  • This vegan macaroni salad should keep for a couple of days in the fridge in an airtight container. If you are using gf pasta that timeline may be shorter, it can get mushy. I like to let mine sit about 2 hours to let the flavors come together before serving.
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Vegan Macaroni Salad

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

This Vegan Macaroni Salad is full of bright flavors and delicious textures. It's packed with vibrant veggies that give it the perfect amount of crunch, while also being creamy and light. Your family is sure to love this recipe!

Ingredients

  • 6 cups macaroni pasta cooked
  • 1 can red beans 15.5 oz can, drained and rinsed
  • 2 shallots diced
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 1 bell pepper orange, diced
  • 2 plum tomatoes diced
  • 1 cup corn fresh or frozen
  • ⅓ cup cilantro fresh
  • 1 cup sour cream vegan
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 lime juiced (about 2 T)

Instructions

    1. Cook the pasta according to the packaging instructions. Once the pasta is cooked, rinse and drain it under cold water.
    2. Wash and prepare all your vegetables. Add cooked pasta and vegetables to a bowl and stir.top view photo of macaroni salad in a white bowl with a wooden spoon in the bowl, with salsa, sour cream, salt, and pepper in bowls above the salad.
    3. Then add in the sour cream mixture to the bowl.top view photo of sour cream in a measuring cup, ready to pour into macaroni salad
    4. Next add in the salsa to the pasta mixture.top view photo of salsa in a measuring cup, ready to pour into macaroni salad
    5. Finally, add in the spices. Mix well to combine everything.top view photo of sour cream, salsa, and spices in a bowl with macaroni salad, ready to mix with a wooden spoon
    6. You can let the vegan macaroni salad sit in the fridge for 1 hour to develop the flavor even more.top view photo of finished macaroni salad, ready to serve with a wooden spoon

Notes

  • Want to load up this vegan macaroni salad even more? Here are some ideas of additional ingredients you can add in: beans (garbanzo or white bean), vegan bacon bits, thinly sliced radishes, a dollop of pickle relish, diced cucumber and of course some vegan cheese!
  • If you are using gluten-free pasta, it is best to use a brand like Jovial. It seems to hold up the best in pasta salad situations. It is also best to make it the "day of" if you are using GF pasta.
  • Rise your pasta. When making a cold pasta salad, it’s better to rinse the pasta; this will stop the cooking, speed up the cooling and remove the excess starch, which could risk sticking the pasta to the other ingredients.
  • This vegan macaroni salad should keep for a couple of days in the fridge. If you are using gf pasta that timeline may be shorter, it can get mushy. I like to let mine sit about 2 hours to let the flavors come together before serving.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 213mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 6gSugar: 5gProtein: 10g

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