BIG Macaroni Salad | Dairy and Gluten Free

This dairy & gluten free chilled BIG Macaroni salad is both creamy and tangy and the perfect companion to all your BBQ’s this summer.

This dairy & gluten free chilled BIG Macaroni salad is both creamy and tangy and the perfect companion to all your BBQ’s this summer.

I’m sure everyone’s BBQ menu has a variety of go-to salad options, but there’s something about a big bowl of creamy, chilled macaroni salad that makes it a must when it comes to Summer BBQ’s. You’ll know by now that I’m not a huge fan of pre-made anything, especially macaroni salad; they’re always way too sweet and overloaded with mayo. So what do I do? Make my own of course!

This dairy & gluten free chilled BIG Macaroni salad is both creamy and tangy and the perfect companion to all your BBQ’s this summer.

Lets be real, obviously a big bowl of mixed greens with a lemon vinaigrette is probably a healthier option but everyone has their guilty pleasures- Gravy, wings, Doritos and let’s not forget my friend Mr. Cheesecake. I feel like I can hear your jaw dropping ¾ yes I am a real human being and I do indulge once in a while, I just don’t eat these foods every week!

This dairy & gluten free chilled BIG Macaroni salad is both creamy and tangy and the perfect companion to all your BBQ’s this summer.

All cravings aside, I decided to create a fun, “healthier” twist and whip up a dressing that’s both sweet and tangy, which slightly resembles a familiar “secret sauce” long island dressing by that yellow arch company (wink wink) who shall not be named here.

This dairy & gluten free chilled BIG Macaroni salad is both creamy and tangy and the perfect companion to all your BBQ’s this summer.

I haven’t had a Big Mac in a VERY VERY long time but I do remember the sauce being absolutely delicious, but definitely not nutritious. So here I thought I would mix two delicious things together, with a squeeze of healthiness and make some BIG MACaroni salad.

This dairy & gluten free chilled BIG Macaroni salad is both creamy and tangy and the perfect companion to all your BBQ’s this summer.

If you recreate this big macaroni salad be sure to send me a photo using the hashtag #HEALTHNUTEATS on social media so I can easily find and like your photo!! I love seeing your HealthNut recreations 😀

As always, you can watch the full recipe video over on YouTube! Check out my Green Macaroni and Cheese recipe, and my Greek Pasta Salad recipe for more pasta inspiration.

Recipe

The Big Macaroni Salad

This creamy, tangy and chilled BIG Macaroni salad is the perfect companion to all your BBQ’s this summer.
Prep Time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

Ingredients

    Pasta

    • 3/4 package brown rice macaroni pasta
    • 4 stalks celery
    • 1 small red onion
    • 2 large pickles
    • 2 green onions
    • 2 sweet peppers
    • 1 can sliced black olives

    “Big Mac” Sauce

    • ¼ cup pickle juice
    • ¾ cup vegenaise
    • 1 tbsp. organic ketchup
    • 1 lime juiced
    • 1 tbsp. grainy Dijon mustard
    • ½ tsp onion powder
    • Sea salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions:

    Directions

      Pasta

      • Start by bringing a large pot of water to a boil and cooking the brown rice pasta as per the directions on the package.
      • Once cooked, drain and rinse well with cold water. This stops the cooking process and prevents the pasta from sticking. Set aside.
      • Wash and finely chop up all of the veggies.
      • Rinse and drain the can of olives.
      • Add cooked/cooled pasta to a large bowl along with your chopped up veggies and olives and mix until combined.

      Dressing

      • In a blender, add in all of the ingredients and blend on high until smooth (roughly 15-30 sec).
      • Pour dressing all over macaroni salad and toss well until pasta and veggies are evenly coated.
      • Cover and place macaroni salad in the fridge to chill for 2-4 hours or until ready to serve.
      • For best results: Prep salad the night before and serve the next day.

      Notes

      Dressing can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
      Leftover macaroni salad can be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.

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