Vegan Macaroni Salad For Your Summer Holiday Parties

July 1, 2020


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OK. Trust me. This vegan macaroni salad was beyond delicious. Truth be told it was inspired by The Pioneer Women macaroni salad recipe, but I made it lighter, lower calorie and 100% vegan! But I got to hand it to that women, the combination of the pickles, black olives, and roasted red pepper is outstanding and creative. So thanks for the inspiration.

Sorry I didn't get this recipe out before the weekend, but it should come in handy for all your fun summer activities that include chowing down.

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Now on to food. I served this crazy delicious vegan macaroni salad  with my no-beef jalapeño burgers, corn on the cob and my vegan caesar salad. Everyone loved the vegan menu. Those no-beef burgers have a lot of ingredients, but they are special, and not your run-of-the mill veggie burger. So you might want to try them someday for some special occasion.

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Hands down one of the most delicious macaroni salads you will ever eat! (#vegan)

Vegan Macaroni Salad with Olives, Pickles and Red Peppers


Vegan Macaroni Salad
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Creamy, tangy and popping with flavor, this is the best macaroni salad I have ever tasted and nobody will know it's vegan.
Recipe type: side dish
Serves: 12
  • 4 cups dry Elbow Macaroni (uncooked)
  • ½ cup Vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 3 teaspoons maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of pickle juice
  • 3 roasted red peppers, chopped (3/4 cup or more)
  • ½ cup chopped black olives (or more)
  • 6 sweet pickled slices, diced (3/4 cup or more)
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  1. Cook the macaroni according to directions and rinse. Put in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the vegan mayonnaise, non-dairy milk, maple syrup, salt, pepper and pickle juice. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  3. Toss the macaroni with the mayonnaise mixture.
  4. Stir in the red pepper, olives, and pickles.
  5. Chill for a couple of ours before serving. Taste and add another tablespoon of pickle juice if you desire. Top with the sliced green onions.




16 thoughts on “Vegan Macaroni Salad For Your Summer Holiday Parties

    1. Hi Dawna -I would guess a cup of the macaroni salad would have approximately 145 calories but that is just a guess based on the vegan mayo I used. Hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Hi Heide – thanks for the heads up – could be confusing so I changed it to 4 cups dry macaroni so uncooked. Thanks for being here!

    1. Hi Kathy – I suppose you could but I would miss the crunch. Also, make sure you only add a couple of tablespoons at a time and keep tasting. Relish could be much stronger than the pickles. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

      1. Thank you Nancy! I didn’t know Earth Balance made a mayo! I will definitely
        look for it! Your salad recipe sounds so delicious! The picture makes me
        hungry! lol! Have a great weekend too! 🙂 Susan

  1. This macaroni salad is so good, it’s borderline addictive. Seriously, I make this often and it gets eaten right away. It’s my go-to for cookouts and potlucks. Everyone loves it. I follow the recipe and it never fails. Thank you for the yummy recipe!

    1. Hi Sam – Thank you so much for taking the time and letting me know. So happy you love it – I do too!

  2. I love this recipe and have made it several times. The only thing I changed is adding steamed broccoli.

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