Menu Close

Ranch Macaroni Salad Recipe (Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I may earn from qualifying purchases, at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The Herbeevore and our beehives!

Jump to Recipe Print
Pin Share Tweet
This ranch macaroni salad recipe is a creamy delicious side dish to serve at a BBQ, cookout, or potluck. Classic deli-style flavor with lots of added vegetables for a bright and fresh crunch. This simple recipe is great to make ahead for your next gathering.

ranch macaroni salad recipe with salad dressing creamy ranch mac salad with carrots celery and herbs in a bowl.

The Midwesterner in me loves macaroni salad! I’ve made tons of versions of it, and this ranch macaroni salad recipe is one of the best yet!  If you like ranch dressing (but hate mayonnaise) then this is the mac salad recipe for you.

Ranch macaroni salad is so yummy served with anything coming off the grill.  Its awesome with burgers, hot dogs, fresh grilled corn, or any salad.  This deli-style salad is actually loaded with tons of vegetables in it, so it has a nice refreshing crunch in eat bite. 

This Ranch Macaroni Salad Recipe Is:

  • Creamy
  • Tangy
  • Savory
  • Satisfying
  • Herby
  • Loaded with Vegetables
  • Versatile: you can use any vegetables you have on hand, or swap in your favorites.

macaroni salad with ranch dressing vegetarian gluten free ranch pasta salad recipe with a spoon taking noodles.

Inexpensive and Affordable Party Side Dishes For Everyone

I love how inexpensive this ranch macaroni salad is to make! This recipe uses a lot of ingredients you would have in your dry pantry or refrigerator- most of which you probably have on hand. Keeping a well-stocked pantry makes it easy to come up with delicious and healthy meals using a few staples you can rotate.  

What’s In This Ranch Dressing Macaroni Salad Recipe?

  • Onion, Celery, Carrots, Bell Peppers – I get all the fresh produce for my recipes from my garden and from Misfits Market – they sell all organic produce at a super discounted price, and it’s purchased direct from the farmers. We get Misfit Market boxes every other week and love picking out our favorite seasonal produce for delivery.  You can get $10 off your first $30 box by clicking here! 
    If you think organic produce is too expensive… think again, and give Misfits Market a look!

 

macaroni salad with ranch dressing tomatoes carrots peas parsley and dill fresh vegetable ranch salad with noodles.

Party Pasta Side Dishes Everyone Will Love

I mean c’mon, who doesn’t love ranch?! This mac salad is what I call an Easy Entertaining Recipe – which is a crowd-pleaser recipe that will be a major hit. These delicious recipes are perfect to treat your guests or when you have a cookout or backyard dinner. I have a whole section of The Herbeevore dedicated to Entertaining Recipes, that we regularly serve to our friends and family. If you’re heading to a party, potluck, or BBQ, check out my list of top host gifts for dinner parties for that next-level gift they will love!

How Do I Make Macaroni Salad with Ranch Dressing?

1. Cook macaroni noodles according to package instructions.  Drain, rinse in a colander under cool water.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add the macaroni noodles, onion, carrots, celery, bell pepper, ranch dressing, relish, mustard, apple cider vinegar, and sugar.  Mix well to combine all ingredients.  Taste and add salt and pepper if desired.
3. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.  when you are about to serve, mix in another 2 tablespoons of ranch dressing to keep it creamy!

Make Ahead Macaroni Salad Option

This creamy ranch macaroni salad is great to make ahead for a BBQ, party, or potluck.  Make it the day before, cover and let it rest overnight, and it’s ready to go the following day!  Like traditional pasta salad or coleslaw, this macaroni salad tastes better if made a day or two before.

creamy ranch pasta salad with macaroni noodles in a bowl with celery chopped carrots and cherry tomatoes with a spoon.

Dietary Modifications

  • To make gluten free, use gluten free macaroni pasta noodles or any bottled ingredients (like relish, mayo, etc.)
  • To make this refined sugar free, just substitute a natural sweetener for the sugar in this recipe, and make sure there is no added sugar in the relish.

More Classic Cookout Pasta Salad Recipes You’ll Love!

Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad Recipe (Vegan & Gluten Free Options)

Soba Noodle Salad with Miso Dressing Recipe (Vegan, Vegetarian)

Pomegranate Pasta Salad with Arugula Recipe (Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

Get the Same Ingredients for this Homemade Ranch Mac Salad Recipe

I get all the fresh produce for my recipes from my garden and from Misfits Market – they sell all organic produce at a super discounted price, and it’s purchased direct from the farmers. We get Misfit Market boxes every other week and love picking out our favorite seasonal produce for delivery.  You can get $10 off your first $30 box by clicking here! 

If you think organic produce is too expensive… think again, and give Misfits Market a look!

 

As always, if you make this ranch mac salad recipe be sure to leave me a comment, rate this recipe, and tag me @theherbeevore on Instagram so I can feature you.  I love seeing all your photos of my recipe recreations!

Let’s keep in touch – make sure to sign up for my newsletter to get fresh recipes weekly. And don’t forget to follow over on Pinterest, Instagram , & Twitter– I’d love to connect with you there!  

macaroni salad with ranch dressing vegetarian gluten free ranch pasta salad recipe with a spoon taking noodles.

Ranch Macaroni Salad

The Herbeevore
This ranch macaroni salad recipe is a creamy delicious side dish to serve at a BBQ, cookout, or potluck. Classic deli-style flavor with lots of added vegetables for a bright and fresh crunch. This simple recipe is great to make ahead for your next gathering.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Pasta, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 354 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Cook macaroni noodles according to package instructions.  Drain, rinse in a colander under cool water.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the macaroni noodles, onion, carrots, celery, bell pepper, ranch dressing, relish, mustard, apple cider vinegar, and sugar.  Mix well to combine all ingredients.  Taste and add salt and pepper if desired.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.  when you are about to serve, mix in another 2 tablespoons of ranch dressing to keep it creamy!

Notes

Save Money on Organic Produce!

I get all the fresh produce for my recipes from my garden and from Misfits Market - they sell all organic produce at a super discounted price, and it’s purchased direct from the farmers. We get Misfit Market boxes every other week and love picking out our favorite seasonal produce for delivery.  You can get $10 off your first box by clicking here! 
If you think organic produce is too expensive... think again, and give Misfits Market a look!

Nutrition

Calories: 354kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 6gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 480mgPotassium: 222mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 2236IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
Keyword gluten free ranch macaroni salad, macaroni salad with ranch dressing, pasta salad with ranch dressing, ranch dressing on pasta salad, ranch mac salad, ranch macaroni salad, vegetarian ranch noodle salad
Did You Make This Recipe?Please leave a rating and comment below!
Or tag me @theherbeevore in your photo on Instagram and I'll feature you in my stories!

This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I may earn from qualifying purchases, at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The Herbeevore and our beehives!

Posted in American, Appetizers, For Entertaining, Make Ahead, Pastas, Salads, Summer Recipes, The Herbeevore Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

1 Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.