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Macaroni and Pea Salad Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This creamy macaroni and pea salad is loaded with fresh celery, carrots, bell pepper, and of course tons of green peas for a great side dish. This pasta salad has a wonderfully creamy ranch dressing, a great crowd pleaser for your next pot luck, bbq, or party!

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What’s better than a sweet and tangy salad that goes great with anything off the BBQ?  This Macaroni and Pea Salad is a super fun take on the classic summer side dish.  And because its vegan and gluten-free everyone at your table can enjoy it! The dressing is made with a fantastic dairy free ranch dressing – so it has TONS of flavor and is still plant-based.

This Mac and Pea Salad Recipe Is:

  • Creamy
  • Loaded with Flavor
  • Tangy
  • Delicious
  • Crunchy
  • Vegan and gluten free!
  • A fun summer side dish, the perfect crowd pleasing dish for your summer BBQ, potluck, or cookout

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I can’t deny it, I’m a macaroni salad lover.  Absolutely and unabashedly obsessed with the stuff.  Growing up in the Midwest I love all creamy salads, and macaroni salad is one of my favorites that are my go-tos in the summer.  For me, no BBQ is complete without pasta salad, macaroni salad, or coleslaw.  The combination of crunchy veggies and a creamy tangy dressing make a BBQ complete.

This Macaroni and pea salad is a super vibrant and fresh take on the classic macaroni salad.  The crunchy veggies and sweet peas pair really well with the creamy ranch dressing. This simmer side dish pasta salad goes great with burgers, dogs, or anything off the BBQ.

Whats In This Macaroni and Green Pea Salad Recipe?

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Make Ahead Macaroni Salad for Entertaining!

This dish is great for entertaining as it is an easy make-ahead side dish!  It actually takes better the longer it sits.  This is great to make a day ahead of your cookout and just grab and go to bring it along.  The flavors marry together better when left sitting a while, and the veggies don’t lose any of their crunch!  I love Make Ahead Meals (I have a whole recipe collection of them here)  and am all in favor of prepping anything ahead of time!

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How Do I Make This Pea and Macaroni Salad Vegan?

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook to package directions. Rinse with cold water, drain, and set aside until cooled.
  2. In a large bowl add the cooled macaroni and the rest of the ingredients to the bowl. Stir well to combine. Taste for flavor and add any additional spices, salt, or pepper as needed.
  3. Refrigerate overnight in an airtight container. Remove from fridge right before serving.

This is a fun dish that the whole family will love.  The macaroni salad provides a little nostalgia for the creamy pasta salads of yesteryear.  And since its vegan, gluten free, and dairy free, its friendly to most people with special diets.

Dietary Modifications

This recipe is vegan, because it calls for vegan mayo and dairy free ranch dressing, but you can absolutely make this with real dairy products if you aren’t vegan or eating dairy free.

It is gluten free if you are using GF pasta, but you can use any kind of pasta you’d like.  Also, you can use any shape you’d like, I prefer the classic macaroni noodle, but a small shell pasta or ditalini will work just fine.

This is also refined sugar free, since all the sweetness comes from the peas and relish in this dish!  If you feel you need extra sweetness you can always stir in a teaspoon of sugar.

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We normally do a ton of hosting in the summer on our homestead.  I love having big BBQs where we have the smoker going, the charcoals warming, and the beer chilling in the refrigerator.  And everyone moves on over to the firepit at night for roasting s’mores.  I can’t wait to be able to put a big bowl of his pea and macaroni salad out on the table for our friends.

A Few Other Favorite BBQ Side Dishes:

Vegan Tzatziki Pasta Salad (Gluten Free, Summer Side Dish)

Pot Luck Greek Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette (Vegan, Gluten Free, Party Recipe)

Avocado Grapefruit Salad  (Raw Vegan, Paleo, Whole30, Gluten Free)

Coleslaw Pasta Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Kidney Bean Salad: Copy Cat Recipe (Vegetarian, Vegan Option)

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Macaroni and Pea Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Kelly Jensen
This creamy macaroni and pea salad is loaded with fresh celery, carrots, bell pepper, and of course tons of green peas for a great side dish. This pasta salad has a wonderfully creamy ranch dressing, a great crowd pleaser for your next pot luck, bbq, or party!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Appetizer, Pasta, Salad, Side Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 215 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (16 ounce) box macaroni noodles gluten free
  • 1/4 cup onion diced
  • 2 carrots shredded or spiralized
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1/2 bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cup green peas fresh, canned, or frozoen
  • 1/2 cup mayo dairy free
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing dairy free
  • 1/4 cup relish
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook macaroni noodles according to package instructions.  Drain and set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine the onion, carrots, celery, bell pepper, pineapple, mayo, relish, mustard, salt and pepper.  Add the cool macaroni noodles and stir well to combine.  Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving... But overnight is best!

Nutrition

Calories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 3gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 350mgPotassium: 181mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 3090IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
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  3. Gayle

    Recipe looks great. I have celiac disease and must eat gluten free. I struggle with finding a good pasta for a cold salad. Initially they taste good but the following day they are always hard with a very unusual texture. What brand of pasta do you find to be successful the following day? Thanks!

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