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Amish Macaroni Salad Recipe (Vegetarian, No Mayo, Gluten Free)

This Amish style macaroni salad is a classic recipe that’s a perfect side dish salad for your next potluck, BBQ, or party. This macaroni salad without mayo recipe is loaded with fresh vegetables and has a thick, sweet, and creamy cooked dressing.

It’s loaded with macaroni noodles tossed with carrots, celery, bell pepper, for a tasty crunch in each bite. This is a favorite side dish we make on repeat – during the summer months and all year long!

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The Midwesterner in me absolutely loves creamy macaroni salad – I love trying out new recipes and new dressings.  This Macaroni Salad with Amish Dressing is a little sweeter than traditional pasta salads, and has a rich creamy dressing without mayo.
 
I loaded on the fresh vegetables and herbs in this to give it a modern twist. This is a fantastic recipe to bring to a potluck or summer bbq, and goes great with anything!  I got this recipe from a woman who lived next to an Amish colony, but I can’t for the list of me remember her name. Alas, I wanted to share this simple side dish for entertaining – it’s a good one!

This Gluten Free Amish Macaroni Salad Recipe Is:

  • Bright
  • Flavorful
  • Creamy
  • Earthy
  • Rich
  • Loaded with fresh veggies
  • A great vegetarian & gluten free pasta salad for entertaining

 

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A Great Make-Ahead Macaroni Salad without Mayo!

This macaroni salad without mayo recipe is fantastic to make ahead of time for a party, potluck, or gathering. Making this recipe in advance allows you to skip any cooking or prep on the day-of.  You can make this macaroni salad the day before, allow the flavors to marinade, and serve later. This is a great recipe to entertain with or bring to an event. A crowd-pleaser that everyone is sure to love! 

Instead of using mayo for the dressing, a sweet and creamy dressing is made separately in a pot and poured over the cooked macaroni and vegetables. 

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What’s In This Amish Style Macaroni Salad Recipe?

I cook with fresh produce from my garden and from Misfits Market– they sell fantastic fruit, vegetables, & pantry staples at a discounted price. We get Misfit boxes every other week and love picking out seasonal produce for delivery. Get $10 off your first box by clicking here!

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Why Is It Called Amish Macaroni Salad?

Amish or Amish-style macaroni salads (and potato salads) are typically much sweeter than traditional salads, and use more sugar for a sweet/sour flavor.  Some Amish style macaroni salad recipes even call for using sweetened condensed milk in the dressing.  The “cooked dressing” style also makes it a more traditional recipe, as a lot of modern macaroni salads use mayonnaise or bottled salad dressing. 
 
Either way, this is a great take on macaroni salad – I really enjoyed trying a cooked dressing on this one!  The dressing for my recipe below was adapted from a woman who lived next to the Amish. She shared it with me, and I absolutely love it.
 
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How Do I Make Macaroni Salad without Mayo?

  1. Cook macaroni according to package instructions. Drain, and set aside in a large bowl to cool.
  2. In a saucepan, add the egg, sugar, flour, water, vinegar, salt, pepper, and butter. Whisk together and cook over low heat until the dressing begins to thicken.
  3. Add the carrots, celery, onion, and peas to the macaroni.  Mix well.
  4. Once dressing has cooled, pour over the cooled macaroni noodles and vegetables. Toss well to coat the noodles and vegetables in the dressing. Top with fresh chopped parsley and enjoy!

A Classic Side Dish Everyone Will Love

This Amish mac salad is one of my favorite sides – it’s a crowd-pleaser dish that is always a major hit on our table. These delicious recipes are the perfect accompaniment to serve with protein off the grill.

Browse all our side dish recipes to find your next family favorite! And the best part about this pasta salad is that there is very little prep, so you can make other parts of dinner while it cooks and cools.

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Get the Same Ingredients I Use for My Amish Macaroni Salad Recipe without Mayonnaise!

I got the fresh produce for this recipe from my Misfits Market box – they sell all organic produce at a very discounted price, and purchase right from the farmers. We get Misfit Market boxes every month and love the seasonal variety.  You can get $10 off your first box by clicking here!

 

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Amish Macaroni Salad (No Mayo, Gluten Free)

Kelly Jensen
This gluten free macaroni salad with Amish Dressing (and no mayo!) is a classic recipe that's a perfect side dish salad for your next potluck, bbq, or party. This no mayo macaroni salad recipe is loaded with fresh vegetables and has a thick, sweet, and creamy dressing.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Amish
Servings 10 servings
Calories 125 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 12 ounce package gluten free macaroni noodles
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground Tellicherry Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley

Instructions
 

  • Cook macaroni according to package instructions. Drain, and set aside in a large bowl to cool.
  • In a saucepan, add the egg, sugar, flour, water, vinegar, salt, pepper, and butter. Whisk together and cook over low heat until the dressing begins to thicken.
  • Add the carrots, celery, onion, and peas to the macaroni.  Mix well.
  • Once dressing has cooled, pour over the cooled macaroni noodles and vegetables. Toss well to coat the noodles and vegetables in the dressing. Top with fresh chopped parsley and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 80mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2434IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
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