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Pasta Bean Salad Recipe (Vegetarian, High Protein)

This pasta bean salad recipe is loaded with fresh vegetables, healthy beans, and dressed in a sweet and tangy dressing!  It’s a great vegetarian and high protein side dish for your next summer BBQ, party, or potluck.

This recipe is the perfect combination of creamy macaroni salad and three bean salad for a bright and tangy side dish you’ll love.  Serve alongside my creamy Greek Yogurt coleslaw, baked beans, and corn on the cob!

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I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy fun summer side dishes with healthy plant based ingredients. This three bean pasta salad is a combination of two of my favorite summer salads: creamy macaroni salad and tangy three bean salad.  Put them together… and you have a fun and fresh side dish recipe that’s both healthy and satisfying.

The creamy dressing gets a kick from apple cider vinegar, and the salad is loaded with crisp and crunchy veggies. This 3 bean macaroni salad is a fun twist on two classic dishes.

This Pasta Bean Salad Recipe Is:

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Satisfying
  • Crunchy
  • A Crowd Pleaser
  • Vegan, Vegetarian and High Protein

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One of the BEST Pantry Staple Bean Recipes

This three bean macaroni salad recipe is a fantastic pantry-staple meal!  It uses almost all ingredients you would have in your dry pantry or cupboards – 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.  I made a list of my Top 125 Plant-Based Pantry Staples that always keep stocked. And you can check out all my favorite pantry staple ingredients in my Amazon shop here.  By stocking up on healthy whole ingredients you can cook delicious recipes without a trip to the store!

What’s In This Plant Based Macaroni Bean Salad Recipe?

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30 Minute Pasta Salads for Entertaining

This bean salad with macaroni is what I call an Easy Entertaining Recipe – which is on your table in about 30 minutes.  These quick and simple recipes are perfect for those last-minute potluck invites, or when you just want a healthy home-cooked side but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. I have a whole section of The Herbeevore dedicated to Easy Weeknight Meals, that are great for the whole family. From soups and stews, to pastas and proteins – a healthy meal can be on your table in no time.  Just as fast as grabbing a quick prepared side dish from the store (and way more impressive too)!  If you’re heading to a party, potluck, or BBQ, check out my list of top host gifts for summer entertaining for that next-level gift your host will love!

Other Easy Pasta Salad Recipes You’ll Love!

Low Sodium Pasta Salad Recipe

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Macaroni and Pea Salad Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Sweet Deli Macaroni Salad Recipe (Vegetarian, GF, Vegan Option)

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

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Pasta Bean Salad

This pasta bean salad recipe is creamy and tangy, with plant based proteins and a bright and fresh dressing. This healthy summer side salad features 2 classic salads: creamy macaroni salad and traditional three bean salad. A side dish with a modern twist.
5 from 5 votes
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Midwestern Fusion
Servings 8
Calories 320 kcal



  • Cook macaroni according to package instructions. Drain, rinse under cold water, and put them in a very large mixing bowl.
  • Drain and rinse kidney beans, chickpeas, and green beans. Add them to the macaroni
  • Add the onion, celery, bell pepper and stir to combine. Add the mayonnaise, relish, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, seasoning salt, white pepper, and Red Pepper Flakes. Stir all ingredients together, and taste. Adjust seasoning if needed.
  • Cover bowl, and refrigerate 4 hours before serving, or preferably overnight.
  • Store in an airtight container. Leftovers will keep for 3-4 days.


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Calories: 320kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 8gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 295mgPotassium: 174mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 341IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
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Posted in American, Appetizers, Dairy Free, Easy Weeknight Meals, Gluten Free, High Protein, Make Ahead, Midwestern Fusion, Nut Free, Pantry Recipes, Pastas, Salads, Summer Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

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