Protein-packed, whole grain pasta mixed with crisp vibrant veggies all dressed with the most incredibly tangy and creamy dressing EVER! Make it ahead, take it on the go or enjoy it right away! This is a macaroni salad to top all macaroni salads. Perfect summer recipe!
Summer is almost here and pasta salads are a MUST! They are the perfect thing to bring to cook-outs, pot-lucks, barbecue’s or just to eat poolside.
I mean is summer really summer without pasta salad? Enter in the BEST Vegan Macaroni Salad like EVER! I don’t say that lightly either. This really is the most incredible macaroni salad.
The fact that it is dairy-free means you can easily bring it to the beach, let it sit out at a cookout or even pile it into a mason jar and take it to go.
It has everything too! Protein-packed pasta, loads of crisp veggies and a dressing that tops ALL dressings I have ever made! I would eat anything you put this dressing on. It’s tangy and creamy with a hint of chili powder and a secret ingredient that just brings it to a whole new pasta salad dressing level.
Is Macaroni Salad Healthy?
This is a tough one to answer since most macaroni salads are made with white flour traditional macaroni, loads of regular mayo and sometimes cheese.
So those versions I would not consider “healthy”. But fear not! This Vegan Macaroni Salad is actually a healthy pasta salad that you can feel good about eating.
Why? It has protein-packed, whole-grain macaroni, loads of veggies, vegan mayo and contains no dairy or bad cholesterol. Full of flavor and very very easy to make!
Ingredients to make this recipe
How to make Vegan Macaroni Salad
First things first…..the macaroni. To make this a little healthier and because I don’t eat a lot of white flour, I used this amazing protein pasta that my kids will actually eat. It tastes just like regular pasta but is packed with protein and made from all whole ingredients with no white flour in sight. Thank you, pasta gods!
Next up…all the VEGGIES! I wanted crisp, crunchy veggies that were full of vibrant colors. Here are the veggies I used In this masterpiece.
- Bell peppers
- Purple onion
- Green onion (aka scallions)
Other veggies that would work? Corn, peas, sliced asparagus, cherry tomatoes, carrots or cucumber could also be used. Really any veggies you would typically eat raw in a regular salad or with a dip work well in pasta salad recipes.
Finally, the main ingredient that brings this Vegan Macaroni Salad to a whole new level and earns it the “BEST” title, the dressing. OMG!!! You guys, I am over the moon in love with this dressing and plan to put it on EVERYTHING! For now, it is going on this macaroni salad but I have plans for it. BIG plans!
And there it is!!!! My super-secret ingredient that you all now know. Capers! Capers bring this tangy, salty, briny flavor to this dressing that I just cannot get over. Mixed in with vegan mayo, the perfect blend of spices, vinegar and dijon mustard this dressing literally has outdone itself.
Trust me you will want to use it on everything. I actually think it would work in a potato salad, on sandwiches or wraps or even just as a dip with some veggies. YAY!!!
And now…the most fun part of this recipe…mix everything up, the pasta, veggies and the dressing. Top with fresh chives or parsley and you have yourself the most amazing macaroni salad that is healthy and can be pulled together in no time at all!
How long does macaroni salad last in the fridge?
This one can vary depending on the type of container you use to store the macaroni salad in. If you use a good airtight container then it would last about 5 days in the fridge.
You will need to stir it up before eating it and maybe add a dash of red wine vinegar just to wake it up a bit but mostly it gets better as it sits. Macaroni salad is a great make-ahead recipe for the summer since it can just stay in the fridge, ready to!Print